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Class Rules (Responsible Personal Conduct)
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Overview:

This lesson is most appropriately taught at the very beginning of the school year. Explain that being in a classroom is different from being at home and that we will need to develop classroom rules so that we can operate in a democratic and efficient manner.

Purpose:

To encourage students to consider the effect their individual actions have on the group. To encourage students to brainstorm and develop ideas for classroom rules.

Duration:

Thirty minutes

Objectives:

The learner will:

  • determine and interpret classroom rules.
  • explain why classroom rules are important.
  • state three reasons for classroom rules.

Materials:

  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Journals

Instructional Procedure(s):

  • Explain that the class is going to develop classroom rules, but that it is important to know why we have rules. We have rules for three reasons:
    • To help keep us safe
    • To help us get along and work together
    • To help us learn.

  • Explain that students will be helping to write the classroom rules so that our classroom will be a pleasant place for all of us. We will talk about how we should treat each other and how we can all get along and not hurt each other.

  • Students will brainstorm room rules and teacher will write them on the chalkboard.

  • Encourage students to state the rules positively, saying what the children should do as opposed to what they should not do as much as possible.

  • After the students brainstorm ideas, finalize the list making sure that the rules are stated in language that the students can understand. A small picture next to each rule will help the students decipher the words.

  • Copy the room rules onto a chart and display in classroom.

Assessment:

Teacher observation. Note whether children were able to develop classroom rules. Ask students to tell ways that each rule will help them in school.

Follow-up Language Arts Activity:
  • Students will draw pictures in their journals illustrating a way that they can follow a rule.
  • Students will explain pictures to the teacher and the teacher will write the words.
  • Students should be encouraged to copy the words.

Lesson Developed By:

Janice Peterson
Detroit Public Schools
Woodward Elementary School
Detroit, MI 48208

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Comments

Margaret, Teacher Muskegon, MI9/23/2007 10:22:36 PM

As we work towards accredation, this was a great "concept" that not only worked for children but as a reminder for adults.

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