Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10309

You are a citizen of your town or city, county, state, country, and world! What does being a good citizen mean? With a video, worksheets, and action projects, learn to be a good citizen for life!



learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Your friend gets a snack from the vending machine. When she is finished eating her snack, she throws the wrapper on the ground. What do you do? What's wrong with that?

There may be moments we experience that are comfortable and feel right, while other situations may be uncomfortable and just feel wrong.

  • Which feeling might you have if you were involved in the situation with your friend in the opening of this lesson?

Watch Jacob, the Triathelete Philanthropist | Citizen Kid by Disney below:


Today, you will be learning about citizenship.

  • What does citizenship mean to you?

Brainstorm words that describe citizenship and write them in a bubble map. You can print the Graphic Organizer - Bubble Map found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

  • What does citizenship mean?
  1. Being responsible and respectful to people, animals, and the environment.
  2. Caring about your community and country.
  3. Being informed about the needs within your school and community.
  4. Doing your best to make your home, school, and community a better place.
  • What are ways you can show good citizenship?
  1. Follow the rules and obey laws at school, home, and in your community.
  2. Respect authority, e.g., parents, teachers, police officers, and other community helpers.
  3. Participate in activities to improve your community and the environment, e.g., pick up litter, recycle, and plant trees and flowers.
  4. Be a good neighbor and volunteer to help others.
  5. Donate food or clothing to help someone in need.
  6. Learn about the candidates running for public office and participate in kids’ voting. Encourage others to vote, too.
  7. Use kind words and good manners in all situations.

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Interview an adult whom you consider to be a good citizen. Write down some of the points that this person thinks are important to being a good citizen. Some questions you can ask:

  • Do you think you are a good citizen? Why or why not?
  • Do you do anything at work that shows good citizenship?
  • How do you think young people can show good citizenship?
  • Do you do any volunteer work?

Once you have completed your interview, draw a picture or put together a collage summarizing what you learned.

When you have your ideas together, move on to the Got It? section to learn about Mayor for a Day.

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