One Forty-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
- state a reason for rules.
- define the "common good" as something that benefits the entire community (class).
- explain why rules are needed for the common good.
In Miss Nelson is Missing, the classroom teacher, Miss Nelson, is disturbed by the behavior of her very disruptive students. She pretends to be a substitute (Miss Viola Swamp) who is very strict. The students' behavior improves and they are very happy to have their "nice" teacher, Miss Nelson return.
Ask students if they have ever heard of the word "mystery." Solicit descriptions and examples. Next ask if anyone knows of a mystery story that takes place in a classroom.
As an assessment, the teacher may use observation of students sharing ideas and responding with a rule and how it serves the common good. (Did the student share a rule that would benefit the entire class? Was the student able to explain how that rule would benefit everyone in the class?)
See Sample Letter (Attachment One) for a letter to families regarding rules they remember from school.
The sample family letter could be written and composed by the students.
Allard, Harry and James Marshall. Miss Nelson Is Missing. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1977. ISBN 0-395-40146-1.
Lesson Developed By:Mary Petro
Today, in our Social Studies class, we discussed the need for rules. One point that I tried to stress was that rules are for the common good. (The rules can be helpful to everyone in the class.) Your child worked in a group and then the whole class developed a set of classroom rules that would be for the common good.
As an extension of this lesson, your child will ask you about rules that you remember from your childhood. As you share these rules with your child, would you please ask him or her to explain why each rule would benefit the entire class?
During our next lesson each child will be asked to explain the purpose of a rule and how it meets the needs of the common good.
Thank you for your help with this lesson.
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