February: Citizenship

What are my rights and what are my responsibilities?
The Learner Profile Focus is Principled

6th Grade
February Advisory Plans

Wednesday 2/1/17


Mid Year ATL Skills reflection...

To wrap up our focus on the Learner Profile Attribute of reflection, let's take a look at the ATL skills we have talked about so far this year.

Take 5-10 minutes to reflect on the thinking skills you have been practicing (thinking skills self evaluation)

If you have them, take out the self management and communication self evaluations as well.

As a team, discuss the skills you think you have been practicing in your classes so far this year. Are there skills you think you have had to use outside of school? Which ones and how? These skills aren't specific to any class, so, how can you use them to be successful in every class?

From all three lists of skills, choose the three you think are the most important to develop as a team and why. Then, share out with the class using a structure like one stray to share your thoughts.


Monday 2/6/17


February is all about citizenship and the student's rights and responsibilities in their respective communities.


Today, ask yourself what is my perception of my rights and responsibilities here in your school community?


Here are some questions you can ask to guide yourself:

What are some rights you are entitled to at school?


What are some responsibilities you are entitled to here at school?


Where are your rights and responsibilities located so you can find them?


Download the handbook from the CIMS website and choose one section to read through. As you read, list things that sound like rights that are afforded and things that sound like responsibilities.


Discuss this as a class or in teams. Why does it seem like there are so many responsibilities?


They will continue this discussion on Monday, so if you don't come to an answer it is okay...


Wednesday 2/8/17


Today, you will continue the conversation about citizenship and your  rights and responsibilities. Using this PowerPoint , go through the lesson with your class and fill in and build your citizenship pyramid. You will have two days in advisory to take the notes and build the pyramid so don't feel like you have to rush through!

Citizen Me


Monday 2/13/17


Today, you will continue the conversation about citizenship and your  rights and responsibilities. Using this PowerPoint , go through the lesson with your class and fill in and build your citizenship pyramid.


Wednesday 2/15/16


Today, you will continue the conversation about citizenship and your  rights and responsibilities. Using this PowerPoint , go through the lesson with your class and fill in and build your citizenship pyramid.

Wednesday 2/22/17

Today, let's take your rights to a more global level and look at an international organization called UNICEF. They are dedicated to protecting the human rights of children all over the world.


First, brainstorm a list of things you think a child needs to be safe, healthy, and develop to their full potential.


Next, Share with your group, what do you agree on? what are some differences?


As a group, consider these things:

What are needs vs. wants?

Which needs should be considered human rights for children and families?

Are there rights you take for granted that other children around the world are not afforded?

Who should make sure these needs are met?


Watch this video:

YouTube Video



YouTube Video



In writing, answer the following question:
How do the images here affect your perception of needs and rights of children?

Now, as a group, go back to your list of needs and wants and make any changes based on what you have seen and discussed today.

Monday 2/27/16


Today, read the article,

"What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child" and answer the questions on the back.

If you have time, check out the UNICEF website and look at the things they do...


7th Grade
February Advisory Plans

Wednesday 2/1/17


Mid Year ATL Skills reflection...

To wrap up our focus on the Learner Profile Attribute of reflection, let's take a look at the ATL skills we have talked about so far this year.

Take 5-10 minutes to reflect on the thinking skills you have been practicing (thinking skills self evaluation)

If you have them, take out the self management and communication self evaluations as well.

As a team, discuss the skills you think you have been practicing in your classes so far this year. Are there skills you think you have had to use outside of school? Which ones and how? These skills aren't specific to any class, so, how can you use them to be successful in every class?

From all three lists of skills, choose the three you think are the most important to develop as a team and why. Then, share out with the class using a structure like one stray to share your thoughts.

Mon. 2/6/17


Discuss the following question: What does it mean to be a citizen? Is it the same everywhere?

Begin the “Trip Around the World” Powerpoint to compare constitutions around the world. Use the ballots to vote on issues as you go. Go through prt. 1 of the PowerPoint today.


A Trip Around the World_part 1.ppt



Wed. 2/8/17


Finish the “Trip Around the World” Powerpoint to compare constitutions around the world. Use the ballots to vote on issues as you go. Go through prt. 2 of the PowerPoint today.

A Trip Around the World_part 2_0.ppt


Mon. 2/13/17


Using the graph handout, have pairs graph the rights they believe they have in comparison to other countries. Then, individually, have them respond to this question: Of  the constitutions  you compared from country to country, would you change any of the rights in the U.S. constitution, why or why not? Use evidence from the activities you have completed so far to support your answer.


Wed. 2/15/17


Using the Trip Around the World handout, complete activities A-C today. Ask students to discuss the importance of being knowledgeable and aware of your rights and responsibilities.


Wed. 2/22/17


You have compared several different constitutions, some similar, some different. As a class, create your own constitution. Remember, every right comes with a responsibility!


Mon. 2/27/17


Today, go to icivics.org and test your knowledge of the constitution by playing You Have a Right. Create your law office, handle cases, and exercise your rights!
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