SS.3.CG.2.1

Describe how citizens demonstrate civility, cooperation, volunteerism and other civic virtues.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Students will identify examples including, but not limited to, food drives, book drives, community clean-ups, voting, blood donation drives, volunteer fire departments and neighborhood watch programs.
General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 3
Strand: Civics and Government
Date Adopted or Revised: 05/24
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5021050: Social Studies Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
7721014: Access Social Studies - Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
5011030: Library Skills/Information Literacy Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SS.3.CG.2.AP.1: Identify actions of citizens that contribute to the community.

Related Resources

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Lesson Plans

Third Grade Food Drive- Matching Equations:

Students will solve multiplication and division word problems by matching the word problem with a corresponding equation. Students will solve for the missing variable to find the answer to the problem. In this integrated lesson plan, students will read the problems to see how some students volunteer their time to organize items in a food drive.

This lesson is part 3 of a 3 lesson unit where students are learning about responsibilities citizens have to help the community with food drives.

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Civic Participation - Part 3:

Students will be using peer feedback to improve digital artifacts from Lesson 2 before presenting to the class. Students will use gained knowledge to summarize learning from other students' presentations. This is the final lesson in a three-part integrated computer science and civics mini-unit.

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Civic Participation- Part 2:

Students will create a digital presentation using research notes from lesson 1 about a chosen service project. The digital artifact will explain their topic and how it demonstrates civility, cooperation, volunteerism, and other civic virtues. This is lesson 2 in a three-part integrated computer science and civics mini-unit.

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Civic Participation- Part 1:

Students will be given a brief introduction to the terms: civility, cooperation, volunteerism, and other civic virtues. Students will conduct in-depth research to complete a guided note-taking worksheet about these topics. They will be able to determine the key ideas and details about this topic and reflect on how working in groups on this digital project brought them to their answers more efficiently. This is the first lesson in a three-part integrated computer science and civics mini-unit.

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Fractions and Civics 3:

Students will conduct surveys, tally results, and represent the data on graphs. In this lesson, students will also represent data in fractions, equivalent fractions and learn how citizens demonstrate civility, cooperation, volunteerism and other civic virtues. Math and Civics are integrated in this lesson plan.

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Lesson 3: Volunteering Collaboratively!:

Students will collaborate to create a scratch animation on volunteerism and present their project to the class. Students will check for errors and make corrections. This is lesson 3 of 3 in an integrated civics and computer science mini-unit. 

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Lesson 1: Working Collaboratively!:

This lesson is Part 1 of a 3-part unit integrating Civics and Computer Science. Students will view a program using Scratch Coding and define key terms while collaborating to create a PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate their knowledge.

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Lesson 2: Volunteer Coding Plan!:

In this integrated lesson plan (2 of 3), students will describe a plan using Scratch block coding working collaboratively with a partner. Students will describe details and ideas in the planning process. This is lesson 2 of a three-part integrated computer science and civics mini-unit.

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School Food Drive- Word Problems:

Students will solve one- and two-step word problems using a given set of data of collected food items from a school food drive. Students will use the word problems to identify roles volunteers have in a food drive in this integrated lesson plan.

This lesson is Part 2 of 3 math lesson integrating the importance of volunteering in a food drive.

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Abraham Lincoln: Life of Honesty: Who is Abraham Lincoln?:

This is lesson #8 in the text unit series for Abraham Lincoln: A Life of Honesty by Tonya Leslie. Students will be applying what they learned about Abraham Lincoln’s character as a United States citizen to respond to an expository prompt. Students will complete a planning sheet and write an expository paragraph based on the text. This will be done after reading the text Abraham Lincoln: A Life of Honesty to apply their knowledge.

This unit will help students explain why the United States Constitution is an important document that protects the rights of American citizens, the responsibilities of the United States government, and how Abraham Lincoln is an important symbol of the United States Government.

Students will engage in a read aloud spread out over several lessons emphasizing vocabulary, central idea, research, expository and opinion writing, and collaboration in groups.

The teacher will facilitate vocabulary instruction, student research, determination of central ideas, student presentation, expository and opinion writing, and group collaboration to help students demonstrate why the United States Constitution is an important document.

This resource uses a book that is on the Florida Department of Education's reading list. This book is not provided with this resource.

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Elementary School Food Drive- Analyzing Data:

Students will then analyze a set of data from a school food drive scenario and complete a bar graph. Students will also use the data to discuss what items are important to be included in a food drive and how food drives are driven by volunteers in this integrated lesson plan.

This lesson is Part 1 of 3 math lesson integrating the importance of volunteering in a food drive.

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My Civic Duty: Art and a Clean Community!:

Students will discuss and model how to be a good citizen, and how they can contribute to society in a positive way through cleaning up. Students will discuss the 3 Rs: Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce and their purpose in art. Students will demonstrate how to create art from trash/recyclables through collaboration and problem solving in this integrated lesson plan.

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Vote: Lesson 1 Voting in the United States:

This is lesson #1 in the text unit series for Vote by Eileen Christelow. Students will be discussing and viewing the powerpoint on the 11 vocabulary words in the text that may be unknown. In addition, students will rotate to centers based on the vocabulary words to complete an activtity meant to strengthen their understanding of the words from the text. These responses will be kept until the end of the unit when they can go back and alter their responses based on previous lessons and the close read. Students will record an exit ticket of what they “think” the author’s purpose will be in the book, Vote.

This unit will explain voting in the United States. Unit lessons include duties of responsible citizens for voting, the voting process, responsibilities of candidates, and voting outcomes. Teacher will utilize a read aloud over several lessons incorporating text structure, text features, figurative language, and the use of multimedia in presentations. Teachers will facilitate research to help students create a presentation.

This resource uses a book that is on the Florida Department of Education's reading list. This book is not provided with this resource.

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Showcasing Community Events Using Stop Motion: Part 2:

In part two of this series, students will continue the process of creating a stop motion film focused on showcasing civic virtues through community events. Using digital tools, students will create a 20-25 second stop motion film using previously created background and objects in part one. Students will also write a two to three sentence narration that describes the community event and civic virtues to include in their stop motion film. 

 

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Showcasing Community Events Using Stop Motion: Part 1:

In part one of this series, students will begin the process of creating a stop motion film focused on showcasing civic virtues through community events. Discussion will focus on the civic virtues of cooperation, civility, and volunteerism. Students will brainstorm community events that exemplify these civic virtues, develop a plan to showcase a community event, and create the background and objects to be used in their stop motion film for part two.

 

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Civic Virtues:

In this lesson plan, students will identify examples of civics virtues and explain why citizens should demonstrate civility, cooperation, volunteerism, and other civic virtues. Students will participate in a tableau movement activity to review and practice the information on civic virtues.

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Showing up as a Citizen Coding Project Part 2:

In this Part 2 of a two-part series of integrated lessons, the students will design and present a scratch video where multiple characters interact to demonstrate acts of civility. Teachers may reference the first lesson Resource ID#: 208061, Showing up as a Citizen Coding Project Part 1.  The students will use prior knowledge of citizens demonstrating civility, cooperation, and volunteerism. Using their previously created Scratch planning sheet they will use Scratch to create a code that shows a character performing an act of civility. The students will use a rubric to guide their coding creation. Then the students will present their creations to their peers. 

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Showing up as a Citizen Coding Project Part 1:

In this integrated lesson, the students will plan a Scratch program where multiple characters interact to demonstrate acts of civility. The students will use prior knowledge of citizens demonstrating civility, cooperation, and volunteerism to plan out a code that shows a character performing an act of civility. The students will use a Scratch planning sheet and Scratch Code sheet to guide their coding creation.

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The Physical Features and Natural Resources of the Everglades- Let's Protect It!:

This lesson will allow the students to describe how citizens demonstrate civility, cooperation, volunteerism, and other civic virtues to protect one of the unique physical features on Earth, the Everglades, and the natural resources found there.

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Voting and Volunteerism:

Students will participate as a voter in their classroom community in an election about which school service project they could do. They will represent and interpret their voting data in various types of graphs, such as scaled bar graphs and scaled pictographs. After interpreting the data, they will recognize that as a responsible citizen, it is their civic duty to participate in the election process to have a voice in the outcome.

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"We Live Here Too!: Kids Talk About Good Citizenship": Civil Perspective Social Media Post:

Students will read and discuss We Live Here Too!: Kids Talk About Good Citizenship by Nancy Loewen to explore the aspects of good citizenship and how it plays into their daily lives. After, students will determine the perspective of a character and design a social media post to spotlight their civility in this integrated lesson plan.

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Let's Volunteer!:

In this lesson, students will learn about civic virtue and volunteerism. Students will identify ways to volunteer in their school and the local community. 

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Let's Be a Leader!:

In this lesson, students learn about leadership and civic virtue: what it means to be a leader and display civic virtue, how that relates to their daily school lives, and identify ways that they can be a leader in the school. 

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Let's Volunteer!:

In this lesson, students will learn the meaning of the terms volunteer and volunteerism, analyze primary sources related to volunteerism, and identify different ways they can volunteer in their community or at school.

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Your Vote Counts:

In this lesson plan, students will learn the importance of voting and civility and participate in a class "election."

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Help, Collect, Plot!:

In this lesson plan, students will collect numerical data on a school-based food drive and represent and interpret the the data using line plots. The students will demonstrate volunteerism by donating to the community.

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Classroom Civility:

In this lesson plan, students will analyze images in order to identify characteristics of civility and civic virtue.

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Creating a Civic Action Scene in Scratch:

In this lesson students will use event blocks to help illustrate a story surrounding a scenario that depicts civility.  Prior to this lesson, students will have created a sprite with a background (for instance, a person at a beach). The students will be adding event blocks that will allow the user to interact with the scenario and learn more about the scene.  For instance, the user could click on the sprite and then the sprite can say (using audio or text) what they are doing at the beach.  

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Feeding the Community:

Students analyze various proposed sites to determine which site would be best for a group of volunteers to construct and maintain a community garden in this model eliciting activity.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

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Shape Up Your Civility:

Students will be able to listen and cooperate with one another in replicating geometric designs without seeing them and relate this to how citizens demonstrate civility and cooperation to accomplish a common goal.

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Food Drive:

A data table is given listing class donations to a food drive. Students interpret the data and answer questions using addition and subtraction. Students discuss the importance of, volunteerism and ways that they can help their community.

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Kites for Education MEA:

Kites for Education is a Modeling Eliciting Activity which presents students with an engineering challenge in which they must analyze data sets and develop a procedure for ranking different kite models. The product ranked as best by the students will hypothetically be sold to customers and the profit used to purchase school textbooks and supplies for school age children impacted by Haiti's devastating earthquake.

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Teaching Idea

Grade 3 Civics Family Guide: Standard 2:

This Grade 3 Civics Family Guide provides some ideas and activities to support civics education when at home, out and about, and in the community. The activities provided align to the civics learning benchmarks within Standard 2 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Kites for Education MEA:

Kites for Education is a Modeling Eliciting Activity which presents students with an engineering challenge in which they must analyze data sets and develop a procedure for ranking different kite models. The product ranked as best by the students will hypothetically be sold to customers and the profit used to purchase school textbooks and supplies for school age children impacted by Haiti's devastating earthquake.

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Teaching Idea

Grade 3 Civics Family Guide: Standard 2:

This Grade 3 Civics Family Guide provides some ideas and activities to support civics education when at home, out and about, and in the community. The activities provided align to the civics learning benchmarks within Standard 2 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea