The information here is designed to provide ideas for putting on a “Good Citizen or Citizenship Award Contest” for students in grades K - 5.
The goals of such a contest are to:
The competition is also designed to give students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and presentation skills.
The general approach is to have students perform a small number of grade-appropriate citizen actions and report their experiences. The specific citizen actions and the way they are reported by the students will vary by grade-level (i.e. K-1, 2-3 & 4-5).
For example, the citizen actions for K-1 might be:
Wave to a Policeman,
Pick up a piece of trash each day and
Talk with your grandparents about what it was like to grow up for them and how the country has changed.
Participation in the contest could be optional for students. It is assumed that the classroom teacher would manage the contest for their class and co-ordinate with the sponsoring organization if the contest is more than a classroom contest.
|Grade Level||Citizen Actions to Perform||Reporting on Experience|
Teacher selects 2-3 CAs and writes on board.
Students perform selected CAs.
Students turn in drawing of each CA with name of CA on top of page.
Teacher selects 2-3 CAs and hands out a list of them.
Students perform selected CAs.
|Students turn in a 2 page, handwritten, report summarizing their experience in doing the CAs. Report can focus on all or a few of the CAs.|
Teacher select about 12 CAs, ensuring at least one from each CA category, and hands out list.
Teacher makes class aware of Good Citizen website - www.goodcitizen.org – as a resource.
Each student chooses 4-5 CAs.
|Students turn in 2 page typed report (3-4 pages if handwritten) summarizing their experience in performing the CAs. Report can focus on all or a few of the CAs|
Depends on the scope of the contest (i.e. a class versus a grade level versus an elementary school).
Typically, the classroom teacher would evaluate the work of her students and select the top work and forward it to the grade-level or school-level for competition among the others. The number carried forward would of course depend on the scope of the contest.
At some point, the sponsoring organization would get the work of the finalists, evaluate their work and select contest winners. The sponsoring organization could be a class, a grade-level or an elementary school; or a service organization like Rotary, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts; or city or private-sector organization.
Depending on the size of the competition, the Executive Director of Good Citizen could evaluate responses and make recommendations to the sponsoring organization. The number of recommendations will be tied to the “prize/award” structure of the competition.
For everyone (one or more)
- A “Be A Good Citizen” sticker to everyone who participates – see the Good Citizen website – www.goodcitizen.org – to view them and find out ways to acquire them.
- A Good Citizen certificate of participation – see the Good Citizen website – www.goodcitizen.org. (under development)
For Prize Winners (one or more)
- A gift certificate to a store like Borders.
- A book or CD – something appropriate and fun for the student, not necessarily related to being a Good Citizen.
- Their names on classroom bulletin board and in school newsletter.
- Principal can recognize winners as part of morning announcement or on school website.
- If contest sponsored by outside organization, winners could attend sponsoring organization meeting with parents and possibly teacher or principal depending on scope of contest.