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Activity 2:  Why We Need Rules (GLE: 21)

Materials List: school handbook

The classroom community simulates the larger community where students live. Cooperation and interdependence help students to develop characteristics of responsibility and citizenship. Have students use the school handbook to introduce the privileges and responsibilities of student citizenship. Discuss the importance and purposes for having rules. Put students in small groups to create classroom rules based on the school guidelines. Bring students together to compile a list. List on the chalkboard all rules students created. Have students choose four or five rules to be used for their classroom. Rules should be based on the ones students feel are most important in building their classroom community. Display the rules in the classroom both for student behavior modification and for instruction concerning the development of laws. Have students perform skits that illustrate each of the class rules. Select books and writing experiences to help develop these concepts.

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