Freedom to Choose

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Arts Education
Issue Area: 
Diverse people
Focus Question 

 What is a world citizen's responsibility to promote freedom, equality, and personal choice for all? 

 

Photo Credit:  American Revolution by Don Gunn is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

The students examine life for the pilgrims and come to understand the importance of freedom in the foundation of the democratic government. They find examples of current loss of freedom at school, in the community, or in the country and choose a way to make a contribution through volunteering or communicating. They discover that freedom to choose is important to them.

Service Experience 
Since volunteering requires freedom of choice, the students will choose how they will volunteer or contribute to the common good by sharing time, talent or treasure.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Freedom to Choose
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students discuss what it feels like to not have a choice. They relate this experience to how the Pilgrims and other immigrants feel when they chose to come to the United States for democratic freedom.

Unit: 
Freedom to Choose
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

In the early political history of this country, the goal of its leaders was to give people freedom to choose many things—where to worship, with whom to assemble, privacy, opinions, etc. It is still the goal today, but the world is not perfect. The students will find examples of loss of freedom at school, in the community or in the country and choose a way to make a contribution through volunteering or communicating.