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K, 1st, 2nd


Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Worksheet
  • Video, 3 minutes, 43 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Video, 4 minutes, 30 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Article
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast


PDF, YouTube Video

Global Citizen

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  • This inquiry-based unit asks students to consider what it means to be a citizen of their classroom, community, and the world. 
  • Students will learn about what good citizenship looks like in many contexts, brainstorm ways they can be good citizens, complete grade-appropriate activities, and craft an argument about being a global citizen. 
Teaching Tips


  • This unit is thorough, designed to take three to five 30-minute sessions, and has everything you need to roll it out in your classroom right away. 
  • The resources and activities included are varied and engaging; students will be able to have thoughtful conversations about citizenship and being a responsible member of society. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The lesson plan for session one gives a strategy for introducing the term citizen to students and a vocabulary key is included at the end of the unit. 
  • An ad plays before the video in the first session. 
  • The link to the additional "Thornwood girl" video is broken and the link to the list of optional read-alouds is broken.


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in science and health classes by connecting responsible citizenship to taking care of the environment we all share and helping all people avoid pollution that can damage their health.
  • This unit would work very well for students working in pairs or small groups in order to offer multiple perspectives. 
  • As an extension, have students create a flier with pictures and words that promotes the traits of good citizens in their school community. 
  • Other related resources include this digital picture book about kids creating positive changes and this video about helping others. 
Scientist Notes
This is an inquiry-based approach to decipher the conceptions and complications about citizenship and civic participation. It contains suitable formative performance tasks and activities that sharpen students ability to be responsible citizens at all times. This resource is ideal for classroom.
  • English Language Arts
    • Language (K-12)
      • L.1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
      • L.1.4 Use context clues, analyze meaningful word parts, and consult general and specialized reference materials as appropriate to determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases from grade level context.
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.1.4 Read various texts closely to determine what each text explicitly says and to make logical inferences; cite specific textual evidence to support conclusions drawn from the texts.
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.1.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.1.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • Civics & Government 1: Students understand key ideas and processes that characterize democratic government in the community and the United States by describing and providing examples of democratic ideals.
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