This first grade annotated inquiry highlights the idea that even primary-age children can begin thinking about their civic roles in their communities and beyond. Those roles can be made real and vital to young children by exploring the traits or characteristics that represent responsible citizenship. Those traits—respecting others, behaving honestly, helping others, making and obeying rules and laws, being informed, and sharing needed resources—will be familiar to students through their experiences in their home and school lives.
Although every inquiry in the Toolkit project has a Taking Informed Action component, there is no one way to work with this construct. In this inquiry, the Taking Informed Action sequence of activities is embedded throughout rather than following the completion of the Summative Performance Task.