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Grade 1

Are You a Good Citizen?

Jill Newman, WVPT


Topic: Being a Good Citizen, Citizenship. This lesson will engage students in understanding the characteristics of a good citizen. This lesson incorporates the use of a teacher computer, student computers, multimedia projector, Internet sites, video streaming, point-and-shoot video cameras (Flip), and video editing software (Microsoft Moviemaker). The teacher and students will prepare a video illustrating the characteristics of good citizenship using teamwork.

Time Allotment

Four 30-minute class sessions

Learning Objectives

On completion of this lesson students will be able to: · Demonstrate good citizenship through his/her actions in the classroom and at school · Be able to discuss the concept that being a good citizen is a matter of choice · List ways that students can be good citizens (This lesson addresses Virginia SOL History and Social Science 1.10)

· Websites: Ben's Lost -- At this website, the children will help a lost Ben Franklin find his way back to Independence Hall Kids Next Door -- This website is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It has several places to visit for children to learn about being a good citizen. -- Picture of osprey · -- Picture of the osprey in a nest

Materials and Student Handouts Media Components

· My America #8, Becoming an Active Citizen (DVD/VHS) Lincoln, Nebraska: GPN Educational Media. (Available through WVPT broadcast) · Teacher Computer · Student Computers · Multimedia Projector · Point and Shoot Video Camera (Flip) · Video Editing Software (Microsoft Movie Maker) · Video Sources · Whiteboard and dry erase markers (or chalkboard and chalk) · Paper, markers and/or crayons and pencils for each student

Teacher Preparations

· Preview the video. · On the whiteboard (or chalkboard) make 4 dashes then leave a space and make 7 dashes for the game in the introductory activity.


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· Preview and bookmark the two Internet websites on the classroom computer. · Attach the teacher's computer to the projector · Access the Internet and bring up the picture of the osprey at -- minimize the screen · Access the Internet and bring up the picture of the osprey in a nest at -- minimize the screen · Cue the video for the first clip to be presented Time Cues To synchronize your VCR with the time cues that are included with this lesson, zero/reset your time counter at the very beginning of the program, before the introduction and titles. Time cues are expressed as "minutes:seconds;" for example, 3:15 means three minutes and fifteen seconds. Pause vs. Stop When using a video interactively with students, teachers need to decide when to use PAUSE and when to use STOP. PAUSE the video when the anticipated discussion or activity will take less than two minutes. STOP for longer periods. Pausing for too long at one time can cause video heads on the VCR to become clogged which may require cleaning to correct. 2. Focus: Now we are going to watch some more of the video. The children are going to help us remember what good citizens do. Be ready to tell me some of the things that good citizens do. Resume: the video Pause: at 2:36 when the boy in a black shirt standing in a field says "...a citizen can be." Follow-up: What are some of the things that good citizens do? (vote, pay taxes, take care of the Earth, be a leader, get an education, donate funds) Can anyone be a good citizen? Allow time for discussion. 3. Focus: Some of you may be wondering how children can be good citizens. This next video clip is going to show you how 2 groups of children were very good citizens. One of the girls in this video clip talks about an osprey. Can anyone tell me what an osprey is? (Accept student responses.) An osprey is a bird. Take a look at these two pictures. Bring up the pictures from the websites. This picture is an example of an osprey on its nest. This picture is a closer picture of the osprey. Now remember, be thinking about how the children in the video are being good citizens. Resume: the video at 4:08 when the narrator says "we are all citizens of the Earth" a man in a blue jacket is on the screen handing a paint can up to someone. Pause: the video at 6:13 when the girl in the dark blue shirt with pink flowers says "'cause we knew they'd do it for us."

Introductory Activity

1. Focus: Today we are going to play a game. Our game today is a guessing game. Please take a look at the whiteboard. I would like you to think what letters might go in those spaces to reveal the subject of our lesson today. Activity: Call on children, who exhibit the characteristics of being a good citizen by raising their hands, one at a time to guess a letter. Keep a list of used letters on the whiteboard. If a student duplicates a letter, the turn is lost. Keep calling on children until the phrase "good citizen" has been revealed. Follow-up: Today we are going to continue our unit on citizenship.

Learning Activities

1. Focus: We are going to begin today by watching a video clip. I want you to think about who a citizen is while we are watching. Play: Becoming an Active Citizen from 1:04 (after the introduction when a girl in an orange jacket appears on the screen) and the girl says "I'm a citizen because I live here." Pause: the video at 1:49 when the girl in the white shirt sitting in front of the bookcase says " birth or choice a member of our country." Follow-up: Who is a citizen? (people who are born in a country or apply for citizenship) Are children citizens? (yes, if their parents are or they were born in a country)


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Follow-up: How were the children good citizens? (the kids wanted to help) What kinds of things did they do? (they collected games, clothes and toys to be packed up and sent to Florida) 4. Focus: Now, let's see what happens to these children next. Resume: the video at 6:28 when a woman loading boxes in the back of the truck is on the screen and the narrator says "a local group of good citizens the Iowa Jaycees..." Pause: the video at 9:17 when the brown-haired girl in the orange shirt says, "...something's going to happen when you need help." Follow-up: The children from Iowa sent children in Florida things after Hurricane Andrew. What did the Florida children do? (held a car stop and collected money to buy bottled water to send to Iowa) Can children be good citizens and make a difference? (Allow students to discuss.) Follow-up: Ask the students to share what they learned from the websites. Make a class list. Show the completed video to the children. Invite other classes to join your class to view the video. Invite your school principal to the "premier."


· Teacher observation during the classroom discussions and the video taping.

Community Connections

· Show the completed video to your school's Parent-Teacher Organization. · Invite a local law enforcement official to speak to the class about how good citizens help in the community · Have a local volunteer coordinator come to class and speak to the class about the contributions volunteers can make.

Culminating Activities

1. Focus: Now, let's make a list of ways we can be good citizens here at school. Activity: Using chart paper, make a list of the ways the children come up with for being a good citizen at school. Follow-up: Wow! You have quite a long list of ways to be a good citizen at school. Let's share these with other students. 2. Focus: We are going to act out some of the ways you have listed and video them to make a video to show we know what good citizens do. Activity: Using a Point and Shoot Video Camera (Flip), have the children video each other acting out the various ways to be a good citizen. While the children take turns using the camera, have the children who are not involved in taping work on making invitations to send to their parents to the "premier" of the class citizenship video. After the children have done the video taping, using video editing software (Microsoft Movie Maker), edit the videos into a presentation. While some students are working on the video, the rest of the class will be visiting "Ben's Lost" and "Kids Next Door" websites to learn more about being good citizens.

Cross-Curricular Extensions

· Include the following books in your reading center: Being a Good Citizen: A Book About Citizenship (Way to Be!) by Mary Small and Stacey Previn Citizenship Being Responsible by Cassie Mayer Citizenship Being Helpful by Cassie Mayer Citizenship Being a Leader by Cassie Mayer We Live Here Too!: Kids Talk About Good Citizenship by Nancy Loewen and Omar Wesley Good Citizen Sarah (The Way I Act Books) by Virginia L. Kroll Working Together: Learning About Cooperation and Citizenship (Character Education Readers) by Regina Burch Good Citizenship Counts (Character Counts) by Marie Bender · In the writing center, have the children write about a person that they know that is a good citizen. · In the art center, have the children create a poster for good citizenship.


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Adaptations (optional)

If classroom computers are not available, possibly a computer lab could be used for a period to let the children experience the websites. If a point and shoot camera is not available, you can substitute a digital camera. Take still photographs and make a class book about being a good citizen.

About the Author

Jill Newman Jill Newman is a first grade teacher at Unionville Elementary School in Orange County, Virginia. Jill is a career changer and is in her 6th year of teaching. She is the mother of two children, one a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and the other a Junior at Virginia Tech. She is a long-time resident of Orange County and a graduate of Orange County High School, Germanna Community College and James Madison University. She is the assistant coach of the Orange County High School Girls Gymnastics team. March 2009

A publication of the 2008-09 NTTI--Virginia




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