Be a Good Citizen with 
Miss Rumphius

A WebQuest for 3rd Grade 

Designed by
Carol Frey and Jennifer Meier

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits


Are you a good citizen?  What is Citizenship anyway?  How can you be a good citizen and help your...

You and your partner's quest will be to study citizenship through the eyes of author Barbara Cooney's story, Miss Rumphius, and through projects and activities.  Be ready to read, visit the web, and complete your tasks to earn a Good Citizenship Award.

The Task

You and your partner will complete the following tasks:

  • Make a Citizenship folder where you can keep your work.
  • Look up the meaning of citizenship on the web.
  • Learn about being a good citizen in your family, with friends, at school, in your community, and in your country.
  • Read Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney to see how she was a good citizen and do a book report with your partner. (Teacher note: For more student activities on this book visit:
  • Celebrate your good citizenship with a project from our list of choices.
  • Your quest is finished and you may claim your reward!

The Process

Put on your "thinking cap" and let's begin your quest. 

1.  You and your partner will need to get one piece of construction paper.  Next, fold the paper in half, "hamburger style", to make a folder.  On the cover, write the word Citizenship and your names.  You may decorate the cover later for extra credit. This folder is where you will keep all of your work.
Click on citizenship to learn the meaning, scroll down and copy the meaning on the inside cover of your folder. 

2. Good citizens do their share of chores at home. On a piece of paper, show how you and your partner are good citizens by each writing at least one chore you do at your house.  Think of one extra chore you can do to be more helpful this week.  Write it down and tell your teacher when you do this job to earn extra points. 

3. Good citizens use polite manners, cooperate, and use kind words with friends. Click on friend to get tips on how to be a good friend.

4. Good citizens follow the rules and respect others at school.  Each of you can pick one school rule and make a poster showing how you follow that rule.  To get more points, pick another rule and make another poster.

5. Good citizens help to keep their community clean and safe. Find out about others that help in your community by clicking on community.  Now copy the sentences below, fill in the first blank with a community helper, fill in the other blanks, and don't forget to put it in your folder. 

__________ help our community by _________.
I can help my community by _____________.

6. Good citizens take care of their country's air, land, water, and learn about their country's symbols.  Click here  to visit "Helpful Hints for Planet Earth".

Next click on "Read our Book" to learn what you can do to take care of your country. Don't forget to click on the arrow to read all the slides.  Next go back to the home page, click on "Earth Day Quiz", and print it.  Fill in the blanks on the quiz and place it in your folder. 
Click here  to visit "Symbols of the U.S. Government.  Check out the many symbols of our country and print the one you like best.

7.  It is time to take a break from the computer and read.  Ask your teacher for a copy of Miss Rumphius and read it with your partner to see how Miss Rumphius was a good citizen. 

Click on the picture to learn more about lupines. 
Click on the picture and print the book report form to finish with your partner. 

8. Now that you are an expert on citizenship, choose one of these projects to complete either with your partner or on your own.

Using the programs Inspiration, Paint, or art materials make one of the following: 

  • Design a citizenship flag for your class.  At the bottom of the page, explain why you chose this design.
  • Miss Rumphius liked lupines.  Design your own flower to plant that would make the world more beautiful.  At the bottom of the page, name the flower and tell where you would plant it.
  • Write a thank you letter to Miss Rumphius thanking her for making the world a more beautiful place.  Tell her what your plans are for being a good citizen.  Draw a picture to go with your letter. 

Your teacher will use this rubric to grade your work.

1 Star


2 Star


3 Star


4 Star



Makes a plain folder
Folder has names and title
Folder has names, title, and meaning 
Folder has names, title, meaning and is decorated
List of Chores


Each lists one chore
Each lists more than one chore
One extra chore to be done at home is added to list
Student tells teacher that the extra chore added to list was completed
Rule Poster


Poster with rule and some illustration
Poster with rule and illustration with more detail
More than one poster done
Earth Day Quiz


Prints out quiz answers 8 correctly
Answers 9 correctly
Answers 10 correctly
Answers 11 correctly and prints a symbol
Book Report Answers 4 correctly Answers 5 correctly Answers 6 correctly Answers 7 correctly
Final Activity
1. Designs picture only
2. Designs flower only
3. Writes letter only
1 and 2 include picture and writing
3. Letter with picture



Illinois State goals addressed:  Language Arts Goal 1.A, 1.B.1a, 1.C, 2.B.1c, 3.C, 5.A, 5.C.1b   Science Goal 13.B.1e, Social Science Goal 14.C 


Hooray!  You are now an expert on citizenship.  Celebrate by clicking on the smile for your award. 

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