Monday, September 14, 2015


Learning to be a good citizen in the primary grades is so important as young students begin to understand what it feels like to become a rightful member of a classroom community and their own community as a whole.  When teaching about citizenship, I have found that there are so many abstract ideas that it can be overwhelming for the kids to grasp upon.  However, the key is to take those BIG abstract ideas and explain them in ways and terms that are relatable and meaningful to the kids.

Here are my 5 Steps for teaching Good Citizenship:

What is a good citizen?  What do they do?  Why is good citizenship important?  Can students be good citizens in their own classroom?
What are rights?  Do all citizens have rights?  What are rights that citizens have?  Do kids have rights too?

What responsibilities do citizens have?  Why are responsibilities important?  What responsibilities do kids have at school and at home?

What are the traits of a good citizen?  Honesty, fairness, etc.  Do you look for the same traits in a good friend?  

How can students become good citizens themselves?  What can they do in the classroom to practice good citizenship?  To download a copy of this Good Citizenship Crown FREEBIE, click to the image below.

If you need more ideas teaching citizenship, check out the resource below.

*Special thanks to I Teach What's Your Superpower? & MyCuteGraphics for the graphics in this content.

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