American Citizen Project

I wanted to share this project idea that I am SUPER excited about!!! 

I came up with this idea after seeing something similar from a 6th grade class doing a Renaissance award. I thought, that would be SOOOOOO fun to do with American history for 5th graders! (I also think it would be fun to come up with a 4th grade state history project.)

Basically, it's a list of things students can do to become better American citizens. Like:

-Reading historical fiction books
-Writing a letter to the president, congressmen, or other city official
-Attending a city council meeting
-Visiting a historical museum
-Plan and implement a service project

In all, there are 22 choices of projects, and students get to choose which 10 they want to complete.

I've talked to my principal and she has agreed to buy some sort of award for the students who complete it by the end of the year. I am so excited, and my students are too! I had one student come back from Christmas break with FOUR completed!! I'm so proud.

Younger teachers: I'm sure there is a fun way to make something like this on a simpler level. I'd love to see what you can come up with.


Rachelle said...

I want to do this project too! I'm going to modify it for a 1st grade classroom! I'm not sure when....but I will do it! :) Thanks Natalie for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Christine said...

Thanks for the idea! I've done something similar in my room with the memorizing sections (like the Presidents, demonstrating the Hope of America actions to one of the songs), but have made it so they are mostly in-class activities. I like how you've made it an at-home activity as well. Thanks! :)

Katie said...

Oh my gosh! I love this idea AND your blog! I've only gone a few posts down, but are you a 5th grade teacher? I've been following so many kinder and 1st grade blogs but haven't found an upper grade blog...until now maybe?!? I post some teacher ideas from time to feel free to come follow me too. :)

Rachelle said...


This is a blog for all teachers! I am a 1st grade teacher and Natalie is a 5th grade teacher. We both post ideas so it's a great mix of upper and lower! Hopefully it can help you and your colleagues! Thanks for visiting and I will be sure to check your blog out! Thanks!

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