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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Citizenship; Character Education 14

Citizenship
Author Unknown: Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.
John F Kennedy: Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

We are not just citizens of a country, but citizens of a world.  Good citizenship includes following laws and rules, treating others with respect, and taking care of our environment.  Something as simple as wearing a bike helmet and following bike safety rules are the actions of being a good citizen. 


Voting:
Discuss the voting process and make children aware that the voting process is not just for the presidential level, but for other forms of government; country, state, and local city levels.  Compare the election process of the United States to other countries in which leaders have taken political position by force or have been born into the position.  The government in the United States derives its power from, “We the people.”  The citizens, common ideas, and freedom make this country great.  Children, who are taught and understand the basics of our political process, will more likely grow up to be voting adults.  Vote on something within your family, classroom or troop; the process can be a lot of fun to participate in.  Choose a topic to vote on such as what to have for dinner, a book, or class activity.

Other Activities:
Brainstorm what makes a good citizen.

Write about someone who you feel is a good citizen.  What qualities does the person have that make them a good citizen?  What qualities do you have?


Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  As First Lady she brought attention to the plight of the poor.  Later, she was a force in the drafting of the, Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Research Eleanor Roosevelt further and write about her.  

Suggested Stories:

If Everybody Did, by Jo Ann Stover; Younger
This is a humorous book about the terrible consequences of everyone doing his own thing.  Children and adults alike will enjoy this rhyming tale.

We the People: The Story of Our Constitution, by Lynne Cheney; Older
America had won the Revolution, but the thirteen states were squabbling.  In May of 1787, delegates from across the country, including George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin, gather in Philadelphia.  They created a new framework for governing; the Constitution of the United States.  A shaky alliance of states turned into a nation that 

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