K.4 - Rights and Responsibilities

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Children and adults have rights and responsibilities at home, at school, in the classroom, and in the community.

Children have basic universal rights or protections as members of a family, school, community, nation, and the world.
  • Students will identify basic rights they have (e.g., provision of food, clothing, shelter, and education, and protection from abuse, bullying, neglect, exploitation, and discrimination).
K.4b Children can be responsible members of a family or classroom and can perform important duties to promote the safety and general welfare of the group.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to perform duties in the classroom (e.g., cleaning up a center, serving as line leader, straightening up the library, serving as messenger).

Supporting Materials


Community Rules & Laws

This program distinguishes between the rules made by institutions such as schools and laws made for everyone in the community. Provides an introduction to the Bill of Rights and the freedoms it preserves for all Americans. Using women's suffrage as an example, explains that unjust laws can be...


I Want My Hat Back

Bear's hat is gone. None of the animals have seen it. He is starting to become despondent, until his memory is sparked by a deer who asks just the right question. Narration by Daniel Pinkwater and others with music by Scotty Huff. Animation by Galen Fott. Includes an interview with author/...



On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a Montgomery, Alabama city bus and refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act that ignited a movement that changed modern history. This powerful story is brought to life with stirring narration by author Nikki Giovanni, music by Ernest V. Troost,...


The Difference Between Wants and Needs

People earn, save, and spend money to satisfy their needs and wants. Making the right choice between the two is not always easy. In this enchanting movie, two friends wake up and find themselves on a desert island where the "Genie of Wise Choices" lives. While there, the genie helps the children...

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