Citizenship: Home, School, and Community
Our Classroom Community Chain
- Strips of red, white, and blue construction paper cut into 8 ½" x 2" strips
- Pencils and crayons
- Chart paper
- Review the concept of community from the previous sessions.
- Tell the class that they are going to make a classroom community chain. Explain to the students that the classroom community is held together as each student does his/her part and acts as a good citizen.
- Show the students a picture of a chain, and explain that chains are made of links and when the links are attached together they create a chain. Explain that a chain is strong and difficult to break when its links are strong. Help students see that the classroom community is like a chain made of links (the students) that is held together by good citizenship on the part of all students.
- Pass out red, white, and blue strips of construction paper to the students. Have them write their name on their link and decorate it. Once the students have labeled the strips, begin making the classroom community chain by gluing each link together to form a circle of loops. Post the completed classroom community chain in a visible place where each student can see how his/her link contributes to the strength of the classroom chain.
- Encourage students to give examples of being a good citizen at school, and post responses on a chart near the classroom chain.