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Teacher: Gerry Cernicky who teaches at Allegheny/Hyde Park Elementary in Leechburg, PA. Gerry Cernicky can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Class Citizens of the Month

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To use real life situations to induce the students to work together for the common bond of maintaining unity and respect for others.

Suggested Grade Level: K-5

Materials Needed: Clip art (flag), Assorted felt tip pens, digital camera / scanner, printer, computer/slide show, bulletin board.

Class Citizens of the Month

Beacause the horrific events of September 11th 2001 has evoked a united bond with our country, I decided to use a carry over approach to enrich and reward positive behaviors in a spirit of patriotism and citizenship.

After downloading an American flag from a clip art site, I posted all 34 of my classes on the bulletin board with a flag for each class. It was a four week program that depicts coloring three red stripes and the blue background around the stars. After each week, I would color in a stripe for the following behaviors:

  • respect

  • helping others

  • following directions

  • staying on task

  • good citizenship

At each class session, I took a class picture with a digital camera and then made a slide show on the school's computer. After the four week period, all the colors were posted and those who maintained the three stripes and blue background, earned citizen class of the month. The class photo was then placed next to their flag to show unity and citizenship. The slide show may be viewed with all the classes with the hope in next months project, they will join the other classes in total harmony and respect.

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Posted on PEC: 10/14/2001 and has received 115 votes.

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