Third-Graders Discuss Their Rights and Responsibilities

Third-graders have been learning about their rights and responsibilities as members of a community.  This has led to some interesting discussions.  Is “speaking up” a right or a responsibility or both?  And what about “asking questions” and “learning”?  We also discussed the fact that some of the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution may not be ours until we are 18 years old.  In particular, we talked about “Freedom of Speech” and how parents might have something to say about their kids exercising that right.  In small groups we placed various ideas into the columns where they belonged: “Right”, “Responsibility”, or “Both”.  The students did a great job working together and were eager to contribute to the discussion afterwards. So, ask your third-grader, about his/her rights and responsibilities.

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