Traits of Good Citizens
What Is Citizenship?
- Review with students the classroom rules created in the previous session. Ask students to envision and describe a classroom without any rules. Lead them into a discussion about the importance of and reasons for rules.
- Congratulate students, when appropriate, for being good citizens. Point out that good citizens recognize the purpose of rules and also demonstrate other positive behaviors. Ask the children to suggest examples of what these behaviors may be. Create a web to list their suggestions. Web sites of graphic organizers include the following:
- Be sure that the nine traits of good citizenship are included: Playing fairly, exhibiting good sportsmanship, helping others, treating others with respect, recognizing the purpose of rules, practicing self-control, working hard in school, taking responsibility for one’s own actions, valuing honesty and truthfulness in oneself and others.
- Have each student draw a picture of himself/herself following a rule. Ask students to write a caption beneath their picture. Compile these drawings into a class book. (Example: I throw the ball outside.)