Traits of Good Citizens
Citizens Are Members of a Group
- Discuss the concept of being a part of a larger group. As a model for students, draw concentric circles, and write in the various groups to which you belong. Have students draw concentric circles and write in the various groups to which they belong. They may also illustrate their work. Examples for students may include their families, classroom, school, sports team, scout troop, club, and others. Point out that we all are a part of Virginia and the United States of America. Use a map of the United States to locate Virginia. Show students the sample of concentric circles (Attachment A).
- Review the following traits of good citizenship:
• 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
- Ask students how U.S. citizens demonstrate respect for their country. Be sure they include showing respect for the American flag and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance is a tradition. Define the term tradition: a custom or belief that happens over a long period of time. Make a class list of other traditions in which Americans participate (Examples: Thanksgiving, Fourth of July celebrations, Veterans Day, Memorial Day). Review July 4th activities, and discuss the term patriotic.
- Have students draw pictures to illustrate American traditions and patriotism. (Examples include reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, observing Fourth of July fireworks, participating in parades, and singing patriotic songs.)