Lesson Plan

We Are All Great Citizens

Inspire scholars to exhibit solid citizenship skills.
Tracey W.
Media specialist/librarian
P.S. Is 54
Bronx, United States
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Students will be able to read informational text, determine main idea with supporting details and create a digital publication showcasing their learning.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
English Language Learning
Grades 2 – 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 The Hook

Activity: Exploring

What makes a good citizen? Do citizens contribute to the community? What do they do? How can they show goodness and compassion to the group and greater good? Students will think quietly and just reflect for a few minutes. Teacher will chart answers in bold colors with graphic organizers for all to see.

Student Instructions

Scholars will brainstorm all their answers to the questions prompted. Scholars will question each others' examples. How do you know what citizenship skills are? How can citizens help each other daily in little ways? 


2 Direct Instruction and Guided Practice

Teacher will show YouTube video on Let's Be Good Citizens at School. Teacher will prompt scholars to compare and contrast things they do that illustrate they are good citizens. Teacher will discuss how each scholar can make school time fun and enjoyable. Video examples will be solicited.

Student Instructions

Scholars will turn and talk with partners on the video and what they observed. Children working in pairs on team graphic organizers will list ways they can be good citizens both at school and at home after reading PebbleGo's book on citizenship.

Do citizens always follow the crowd? Do they conform? Do they play it safe? Do citizens always listen and get along with community or school leaders/ authority figures?  Scholars will participate in accountable talk. They will then explain and chart out citizenship characteristics on Padlet. They will then discuss their Padlets.

3 Independent Practice

Activity: Reading

Teacher will model how to use a nonfiction book. Teacher will read about different characteristics like loyalty, kindness, etc. and prompt scholars by asking if it is a characteristic of good citizenship.

Student Instructions

Scholars will read nonfiction articles on famous women and determine character traits of good citizenship. Children will be exposed to various online platforms and various reading levels. they will create a digital presentation using Haiku Deck explaining the similarities and differences, Scholars will have the option of scaffolding their work in pairs or working individually.

4 Share Out & Assessment

Activity: Conversing

Teacher will prompt wrap up by asking students to share out verbally and with a digital project. With lower students, they are scaffolded by teacher and partner support. Higher students will use recall skills in coordination with reading while presenting.

Student Instructions

Scholars will participate in lesson assessment through Pixton by comparing themselves and their qualities to outstanding known citizens in the real world. Scholars will include words and phrases to describe being a great citizen. Scholars will be able to reflect on if they are great citizens and what they have to do in order to become one.