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Citizenship for First Grade  

Resources for citizenship lessons for first grade to prepare for digital citizenship in higher grade levels.
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From Citizenship to Digital Citizenship

First grade students are building on what they learned in kindergarten for how to be a good citizen. They are learning how to interact with their peers, teachers, parents, and other adults in their lives. At the same time, they are beginning to navigate the technology that is immersed in their lives, both at home and at school. While they are still learning what it means to be a good citizen, they are beginning to learn how citizenship translates to the internet. First grade students still mostly use teacher approved apps and websites on their devices at school, it is important for them to begin realizing that being a good citizen includes being a good citizen on the internet. They are learning that rules such as 'don't go anywhere without telling an adult' and 'tell an adult if something makes you feel unsafe' are to be used when going on the internet as well. These citizenship skills, that are necessary for both online and offline interactions, are an important part of a child's education and part of both the common core standards and the Information Fluency Continuum.


Empire State Information Fluency Continuum Standard 3

 DEMONSTRATING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY “I am a citizen.” An independent learner contributes to the learning community by seeking multiple perspectives, sharing his or her understandings with others, and using information and resources ethically

-- Empire State IFC 



First Grade Digital Citizenship Learning Targets

Digital Citizenship Content Areas   First Grade Learning Target
Privacy and Security I know what to do if I do not feel safe.
Self-Image and Identity I can list my favorite things. I know what makes me happy.
Relationships and Communication I can talk problems out with my classmates before asking an adult for help. I know when to ask an adult for help.
Cyberbullying and Digital Drama I can be a good friend. I understand why saying and doing mean things hurts other people.
Digital Footprint and Reputation I understand why I need to make good choices and there are effects of the choices I make.
Creative Credit and Copyright I understand I cannot take someone else's work and pretend it is mine. I cannot borrow anyone's work without their permission.
Information Literacy I understand the difference between made up stories (fiction) and facts that are real (non-fiction). I understand what an opinion is and that an opinion is not a fact.

Picture Books for Each Learning Target

Privacy and Security

The Day My Parents Got Lost by Susette Williams

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Jan Berenstain

Self-Image and Identity

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Relationships and Communication

Friends by Helme Heine

When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden

I Can't Believe You Said That by Julia Cook

Cyberbullying and Digital Drama

Don't Squeal Unless it's a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ransom

Bullies Never Win by Margery Cuyler

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney

Digital Footprint and Reputation

The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

Sorry, I Forgot to Ask! by Julia Cook

The Worst Day of My Life Ever! by Julia Cook

Creative Credit and Copyright

Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann

Don't Copy Me! by Jonathan Allen


Information Literacy                        Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krause Rosenthal

                                                       Cats vs Dogs by Elizabeth Carney


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