Theme: Who We Are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

TOPIC: Citizenship

Central Idea:
Active involvement of citizens transforms society

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Rights and responsibilities in a society (function)
  • What it means to be a citizen (function)
  • Actions citizens take to enact change (responsibility)


Ben's Guide to US Government

Being a Good Citizen with Miss Rumphius


America Rocks Videos by Schoolhouse Rocks
This Is Our Country
This Is Our Government
Schoolhouse Rocks
This Is Our Country
This Is Our Government
Kid President Changes the Future
The Story of Austin's Butterfly
How Full is Your Bucket?
The Bucket Filler Song Video
Sesame Street: Sings "What I Am"
Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!
Kate Sessions, San Diego Women's Hall of Fame, 2006
Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often
Do Onto Others
Sesame Street: Bruno Mars: Don't Give Up
The Golden Rule
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Mini Bio
Mini Bio: Helen Keller
Abraham Lincoln - Mini Biography
Mini BIO - Eleanor Roosevelt
George Washington - Mini Biography
Mini Bio: Jackie Robinson
Sonia Sotomayor: Mini Biography
Mini Bio: Gandhi
Mini Bio: Cesar Chavez
The Birth of the Constitution
Sesame Street: Mark Ruffalo: Empathy

Bucket Filling Moments
Pledge of Allegiance
Schoolhouse Rock Fireworks
SchoolHouse Rock - No More Kings
School House Rock -The Preamble
Checks and Balances Constitution Lesson for Kids - Schoolhouse Rock

Citizenship WebQuest
Being a citizen in the US comes with many rights, but with those rights comes many responsibilities as well if you want to fully enjoy your citizenship in the US. We’ll explore those right and responsibilities in this WebQuest.
What is a good citizen and what rights and responsibilities come with your citizenship in the USA?
Citizens of all countries have rules to follow and symbols that represent them. You have learned about our country's rules and symbols and why we have them. Every country in the world has their own rules, symbols, and citizens who love their country. You are a good citizen of your country and you will soon have epal or pen-pal friends from another country. It is your job to tell them what it is like to be a successful citizen in your country. You will tell them what makes a good citizen in your country and what a day in your life as a responsible citizen is like. You will present to the class and share the information you have learned before you share it with your epal or pen-pal.