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Becca Farrell Lauren Determan Meredith Cotton

Civics SOL 2.10 The student will explain the responsibilities of a good citizen, with emphasis on A) respecting and protecting the rights and property of others; B) taking part in the voting process when making classroom decisions; C) describing actions that can improve the school and community; D) demonstrating self-discipline and self-reliance; E) practicing honesty and trustworthiness.

Vote Eileen Christelow

Readability Level: 3.8

Activity to use in the classroom: Inside the book there is a glossary of vocabulary words associated with voting. As a follow-up activity, the students will be required to use at least five of the words in the glossary to make a pamphlet or brochure pretending they are running for president of the class. They will expand on their vocabulary as well as practice their writing skills through this activity.

Enemy Pie - Derek Munson

Readability level: 2.8
Activity to use in the classroom: Before the Read Aloud, we will ask students to help us brainstorm ingredients (for about five minutes) for a secret recipe for creating great friends. We will then read the book, Enemy Pie by Derek Munson. A discussion of the book will follow to assess comprehension and brainstorm ideas. We will ask students questions such as: What does the word enemy mean to you? Why do you think children have enemies? Why was Jeremy Ross on his enemy list? What did the boy learn from spending the entire day with his number one enemy? How did he manage to turn his enemy into a friend? After the discussion, the students will each be given an index card to make their own Friendship Pie recipe. The recipes will include their ideas about friendship and how to be a good friend.

What If Everybody Did That? Ellen Javernick

Readability Level: 2.5

Activity to use in the classroom:

This would be good to read at the beginning of the school year. As a class we will have a post-read aloud discussion and talk about rules and why rules are in place! We would make a community list and decide together what rules we would like to be in place in the classroom to establish a classroom community and establish a student-centered classroom environment.

Think Before You Act Regina Burch

Readability Level: 2.3

Activity to use in the classroom:

This is a great book for elementary school students of all ages, especially second graders because they are learning about demonstrating self-discipline, being a good friend, and respecting the rights and properties of others. This book teaches children to eat healthy, finish their work, be a good friend, and so on. After reading this book, students can write in their journal about a time in which they did not think before they acted and the negative consequences that followed the situation. They can also reflect on what they could have done instead.

Working Together Regina Burch

Readability Level: 2.3

Activity to use in the classroom: Working Together really emphasizes students cooperating with one another and completing tasks together. It discusses citizenship and actions that can improve the classroom community, which is stated in SOL 2.10. There are many activities you could do with students based off of the message given in this book. Students could perform any type of activity that involves working together that shows them how cooperating can lead to great end results. Examples include: making oobleck, making cookie dough, creating a project or science experiment, and so on. All of these activities could be cross-curricular.

I Just Forgot - Mercer Mayer

Readability: 2.0
Activity to use in the classroom This is a fun book that illustrates the effects of forgetting to do things. The students will enjoy this book because it is written in a humorous way. After reading this as a class, the students could write in their journal their experiences they have had when they forgot to do something such as: homework, forgetting their lunch, to do their chores, etc.

How Could You? Kids Talk About Trust - Nancy Loewen

Readability: 3.9
This book gives advice on how to deal with difficult situations in a trustworthy way. The book is set up in an advice column format, where students are sending in letters to their fellow students about questions they have on difficult situations. After reading this as a class, students could write their own letters and share with the class. Students could share with each other and give each other advice on their scenarios they wrote about.

The Emperor's Egg - Martin Jenkins

Readability: 4.1
Activity to use in the classroom This book describes the responsibilities that a male emperor penguin has for taking care of the egg. After reading this book, teachers and students could discuss responsibilities that we have where we have to sacrifice in order to take care of others. Students could then write a story about a time when they have had to sacrifice something in order to care for the needs of someone else.

Ruthie and the Not So Teeny Tiny Lie Laura Ranking

Readability 2.5
Activity to use in the classroom This story is a great introduction on honesty and trustworthiness. The main character in the story starts off with a small lie, but then keeps getting caught in deeper lies. After reading this story there can be a class discussion about why honesty is important. Then to follow up have a ball of yarn and have a student prepared ahead of time to help you with the demonstration. Ask the child a question which they will respond with a lie. Then wrap the yarn around them once. Then have a follow up question that asks more details about their lie. Wrap the yarn around the student again. Keep going until the yarn has been wrapped around the student multiple times. Explain to the class that once you lie it can lead to another lie and it makes it hard to get out of your lies.

Readability Level: 5.0

Activity to use in the classroom: This website is great for students to learn about civics, including citizenship, voting, the branches of government, and more! Although the readability level is higher, there are a few games that younger children can play that will teach them parts of the SOL 2.10 curriculum. With a little bit of help, children can play games where they can vote for their candidate of choice, campaign for a positive community issue, and remind citizens that their civic duties are more than just responsibilities!

Burch, R. G., & Leary, C. (2002). Think before you act: learning about self-discipline and self-control. Huntington Beach, CA: Creative Teaching Press.

Burch, R. G., & Nobens, C. A. (2002). Working together: learning about cooperation and citizenship. Huntington Beach, CA: Creative Teaching Press.
Christelow, E., & Christelow, E. (2003).Vote!. New York: Clarion Books. Javernick, E., & Madden, C. M. (2010).What if everybody did that?. Tarrytown, N.Y.: Marshall Cavendish Children.

Loewen, N., & Wesley, O. (2003). How could you?: kids talk about trust. Minneapolis, Minn.: Reibeling Picture Window Books.
Munson, D., & King, T. C. (2000). Enemy pie. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. Mayer, M. (1988). I just forgot. New York: Golden Books. Norton, D., & Stone, A. (n.d.). Drafting Board. iCivics. Retrieved November 9, 2013, from Rankin, L. (2007). Ruthie and the (not so) teeny tiny lie. New York: Bloomsbury Children's Books. Rankin, L. (2007). Ruthie and the (not so) teeny tiny lie. New York: Bloomsbury.