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Lesson Plans
Good Citizenship
  • Understand that being a good citizen involves acting in certain ways.
  • Learn examples of honesty, courage, determination, individual responsibility, and patriotism in American and world history from stories and folklore.
  • Know beliefs and related behaviors of characters in stories from times past and understand the consequences of the characters’ actions.
Materials Needed


Print a Good Citizenship reproducible for each student.


  1. Ask students if they have any ideas about what it means to be a good citizen at school or in your community. Write students’ suggestions on a whiteboard or chart paper and guide students toward understanding that good citizenship is demonstrated through our actions toward other people and our environment.
  2. Give a short explanation of different character traits such as honesty, responsibility, respect, courage, determination, trustworthiness and so on. Have students match a couple of these words to the examples they gave of good citizenship.


  1. Tell students you are going to read aloud a book about some very important people in the history of our country, the United States of America.
  2. Remind students that these men are famous not only for helping our country get its start more than 200 years ago, but also for giving us examples of how to be good citizens.
  3. Ask students to pay close attention to the story and listen for descriptions of actions by these men that show examples of good citizenship.
  4. Read aloud John, Paul, George and Ben by Lane Smith. (You may also want to read the true/false section in the back to sort out the fact and fiction from the narrative.)

Guided Practice

  1. Make a T-chart on a whiteboard or chart paper. Label the left-hand column “Founding Fathers” and the right-hand column “Acts of Good Citizenship.”
  2. Ask students to help you recall the names of the four main characters in the book (John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, and Ben Franklin). Write their names in the left-hand column.
  3. Prompt student volunteers to recall one act or trait of good citizenship from each character in the book. Write each example of good citizenship in the right-hand column next to the appropriate name. (For example, John Hancock had courage and showed confidence and determination; George Washington was honest; etc.)

Independent Practice

  1. Give each student a copy of the Good Citizenship reproducible.
  2. Have students draw a picture of themselves acting in a way that shows good citizenship (e.g., helping someone else, picking up litter, turning in homework, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, defending a friend against a bully, returning a lost wallet).
  3. Encourage students to complete the sentence underneath their drawing to explain how they are being good citizens.

the preschool–kindergarten lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)




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