This social studies unit is perfect for teaching GREAT Citizenship in your first grade classroom. In fact, it contains all the lessons and activities you will need.
12 GREAT Citizen traits are taught that will help your students become responsible, respectful members of their school, home, and neighborhood communities.
The results are AMAZING!
ABOUT THIS UNIT
There are 13 lessons. The first lesson is an introduction and gets students excited to learn. The remaining 12 lessons each focus on one of the following GREAT citizen traits.
- Obey Rules
- Listen & Follow Directions
- Work & Play Nicely Together
- Have Self-Control
- Help Each Other
- Make Great Decisions
- Be Kind
- Solve Problems
- Work Hard
- Be Honest
- Have Good Manners
GREAT CITIZENSHIP LESSON FORMAT
To help minimize the amount of planning time needed, each of the 12 GREAT citizenship lessons follow this format.
- Read Aloud: Read and discuss the digital (or printed) informational book about the targeted trait of a GREAT citizen.
- Student Book: Students read a simple text with picture clues included and complete the fun practice activity in the booklet.
- Activity of the Day: There are two activities to choose from for each GREAT citizen trait… but you can do both.
- Journal Writing: Students draw themselves showing the targeted citizenship trait, then write about it.
- Poem/Chant: Have fun reading a poem or chant… and add some movements to go with it.
- T-Chart: Complete an anchor chart of what each citizenship skill would look and sound like.
- Coloring Page or Craft
- 12 Observation Charts
- 13 Read Aloud Informational Texts (DIGITAL & Printable Versions) (1 for each trait, plus 1 for an introduction)
- 1 Fictional Story, Mrs. Smith’s Terrible, Awful, Very Bad Day (Digital & Printable Versions)
- 12 Student Books with Interaction Built In (one for each trait)
- 28 Activities of the Day (at least 2 for each trait)
- 12 Journal Pages with Prompts (1 for each trait)
- 12 Unique Poems and Chants (1 for each trait)
- 12 Blank T-Charts (1 for each trait)
- 12 Coloring Pages/Crafts (1 for each trait)
- Student engagement is high.
- Students truly begin to learn what it means to be a GREAT CITIZEN.
- Students connect with lesson concepts and begin using the vocabulary associated with being a GREAT CITIZEN.
- This unit is easy to teach because the lesson format for each trait is the same.
We have taught first grade for quite a few years and, although we know there is so much to teach in first grade, a top priority of ours is to help students truly understand what it means to be a GREAT CITIZEN.
However, it hasn’t been easy for us to find quality resources to thoughtfully teach GREAT citizenship skills. We found ourselves scrounging for ideas each year. We finally decided to create a rich, comprehensive citizenship unit. Our students LOVE it and we hope yours will too.
- How long does each lesson take? Each lesson takes between one and two days. However, if you choose, you can always go at a slower pace depending on your schedule.
- What is the best time of year to teach this unit? This citizenship unit can be taught anytime during the year. Even though many teachers like to establish a respectful and caring environment right from the “get go” of school, it is never too late to teach these important skills.
- Is it important to teach the lessons in order? The only lesson that needs to be taught at a certain time is Lesson 1 because it is an overview of the unit. The GREAT citizen traits can be taught in any order.
- Is it essential that students engage in ALL the components of the lesson? If you are in a time crunch, please feel free to pick and choose activities that you feel your students need. The must-do’s for us are the Read Alouds, Student Books, Activities of the Day, and Poems.
Wishing you joyful engagement in your primary classroom!