Citizenship PBL For 1st-2nd Grade

Introduction: Indiana State Standard 2.2.5 Identify people who are good citizens and describe the character traits that make them admirable.

This activity is meant to discuss why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and explore student ideas of what it means to be a citizen in their classroom, community/country, and world.

Driving Question: What does it mean to be a citizen?

Focus: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Watch video about how to be a good citizen in the classroom.

Ask kids if they can do anything more to be a good citizen in our classroom. Show MLK video.

After video ask what made MLK a good citizen? Then show:

Now ask what makes someone a good global citizen?

Culminating Activity:

Split students into groups of 4 and have them discuss ideas of what they think it means to be a citizen. Give each group a scenario to brainstorm ideas of big white sticky post-it paper. Scenarios could include how to be a citizen at school, home, out in public, etc. Have them discuss how their ideas would fit into MLK’s dream of what it means to be a good citizen. Then have class come back together and present posters.

Assessment: Have students write letters to other students in a different school (pen pals) discussing who MLK is, what he did, what citizenship is, what MLK thought it was, what makes a global citizen. Then have students type letters out on Use written letters for grading over content. Finally, teacher must use or similar site to connect with other global teachers to share students work and find pen pals.


First rubric is used to grade letter for pen pal letter. This allows us to also follow writing standards while still grading their content/information. Second rubric is a more specific option.

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  • Post-It Example

  • *Teacher’s Result of combined ideas from each group. Students would be completing individual sections, like school, etc.

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