Civics and Citizenship in practice Harwood Island Public School KLA: HSIE and PDHPE Syllabus: HSIE K-6 and PDHPE K-6 Stage: Early Stage 1 to Stage 2 Audience: Professional Description: Civics and citizens unit of work which looks focuses on respecting the rights of others to hold different values and attitudes from their own. Learning resource type: Unit of work Version published: November 2009 2009 YEAR K-2 Civics and Citizenship HARWOOD ISLAND SCHOOL (Taught in conjunction with PDH units of work on Values) OUTCOMES V2 Respects the rights of others to hold different values and attitudes from their own. V3 Enjoys a sense of belonging DMES1.2 Identifies some options available when making simple decisions. PSES1.5 Seeks help as needed when faced with simple problems. problems. IRES1.11 Identifies how individuals care for each other. cooperate GDES1.9 Identifies how people grow & change. both similar to DMS1.2 Recalls past experiences in making decisions. PSS1.5 Draws on past experiences to solve familiar IRS1.11 Identifies the ways in which they communicate, and care for others. GDS1.9 Describes the characteristics that make them others and unique. LESSON LEARNING EXPERIENCE 1 Display pictures of various families doing different activities together. Discuss what they are doing & if they look happy together. Encourage students to be positive & non judgemental. Compare the different pictures, are there any similarities? How are they different or the same as their family? Use a bubble diagram to record some of special things the class like to do with their family. Highlight the similarities. Recap on previous units of work that values are things that are important to us. Discuss how each family value different activities. Eg visiting the grandparents weekly, eating dinner together at the table, joining a sporting team etc. Students make a diorama of a special activity they value doing with their family. 2 Discuss how families not only have special things they do together, but also have their own special rules. List the Family rules we have in common with other class members under the heading Family Values. Discuss What are our school values?, and how these determine our rules. What are the RESOURCES Shoe boxes Construction paper Glue Masking tape Paints List of school rules 3 consequences when we break these rules? Do people get hurt or upset? Explore the idea that the community we live in is like a big family and values many of the same things, these values are rules we live by called laws. Discuss some of these laws and what would happen without them. Act out some scenarios demonstrating school rules or laws and consequences if they are broken Brainstorm What is a Good Citizen? Record all ideas on the white board. Discuss that a good citizen is, someone who cares for others, their community and the world around. (Include the idea of values and not breaking the rules.) Students work in pairs on computers to make their own class poster stating what they think is a good citizen and decorate it with pictures, depicting acts of good citizenship. Students share posters with the class. Contrast these ideas with, What is a bad citizen? Computers 4 In What Way are you a Good Citizen? (at school) Give each student a large circle of coloured paper & draw a smiley face on them. Each student write (Kindergarten illustrate) around the face, the type of things they do at school which make them a good citizen. Display faces on a large sketch of a classroom. Decide upon some class jobs that could be performed to benefit the class/ school then nominate people for these positions on a rotational basis. Eg power police, water police, lost property person, fish pond monitor etc Large circles coloured paper large classroom sketch Jobs chart 5 Discuss the statement “You’re only children and can’t do much’ Is this true? What sort of things can you do? (in the community) Make a class sign stating Every individual can make a difference! Students write or draw ways they are a good citizen in their community. The teacher trace portrait silhouettes of children using an OHP. Students then paint their silhouette and attach the ways they are good citizens to the bottom of their silhouettes. Students can play guessing games Whose silhouette? Large sheet of cardboard Construction paper Overhead projector Black paint 6 Together we can make a difference. Brainstorm and make a class list on the whiteboard the type of things we are doing and Construction paper Pencils can do to make our school / community a better place to live. E.g. planting trees in our rainforest environment, having our compost and recycling bins, joining in our annual Clean Up Australia Day etc. Students then cut out tracing of their hands and colour. Next, attach your hand cut outs to others nearby and continue until all the hands in the class are joined forming one long chain of hands. Recap how when we work together we can make a difference. Felt pens Glue sticks / stapler 7 Begin weekly ‘Citizen of the week’ Each Friday students nominate someone who has been a good school citizen. They may have done acts of kindness to others, good deeds such as picking up rubbish or helping with special jobs around the school. Each child is given a cardboard star to decorate. Amongst the decoration they must include their name and a picture of themself, which they can print off from the school photo bank on the computers. Each week the student/s who has been nominated as class citizen of the week, will have their star posted on the class door for the week and be given a class award. Cardboard stars Pencils Felt pens Glue Glitter Stickers Computers 8 Play the song to children ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ Discuss the meaning of the title and chorus. Discuss some egs of this, like how the clean Up Australia Day has grown from the idea of one person. Brainstorm some ideas on ways the class could show their civic duty, by doing something for the local community. Eg something as simple as fundraising for a local cause, or putting on a special morning tea and performance of some dance/singing items for the elderly in the community etc CD player CD ‘From big Things Little Things Grow’ 9&10 Discuss and list on the whiteboard a list of people in our community who we value. Divide these into two groups, jobs and volunteers. Eg Nurses, Police / SES, Meals on Wheels. Explain the difference. Students work in small groups (Kindergarten with yr 2 children) researching volunteer groups and putting together a short slide presentation to present to the class. Computers 11 Students share slide presentation on volunteers with other school members on the IWB. Perform the civic duty which was agreed upon by the class. Take photographs and publicise in the school newsletter and local newspaper. Computers IWB School camera Student Assessment Observe students’ participation in group tasks and class activities. students to Gather student work samples for assessment folders. Completion and presentation of dioramas good citizen Student participation in role play activities. Student presentation of good citizenship poster students to Completion and presentation of silhouettes and good citizen outline Participation in student Star of the week. social Presentation of research work in short slide show format. Student participation in fundraising activity or special performance. Unit Evaluation * Were there sufficient opportunities for all participate? * Do students understand what being a entails? * Was sufficient time allocated for complete activities? * Were there positive changes in student behaviour?