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Be sure to download the Preview first. It gives you a much better glimpse at all that is included. This school packet was designed to help you create a safe classroom environment that encourages students to be respectful, try their best, and have fun! Many of the activities in this packet can be done as a whole group, in small group, in pairs, or independently. I encourage you to have your students act out different scenarios and take part in meaningful discussions.
In this packet, you will find:
- BEGINNING OF THE YEAR CHECKLIST -
The beginning of the year craziness can be a bit overwhelming. To help alleviate some of the stress, I made a checklist of common rules and expectations that are often gone over during the first few weeks of school. Just simply check each rule/expectation as you model it in your classroom.
- LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL SKEETER -
Principal Skeeter is opening a new school, Klickitat Elementary. The principal and teachers at Klickitat are eager to begin a new school year, but they’ve forgotten one very important thing: RULES FOR THE SCHOOL! Mr. Skeeter writes a letter asking your class (aka “school experts”) asking for help.
I suggest reading the story (and other stories about school rules) to the class. Then, on an anchor chart, brainstorm a list of rules you all feel are important for the school. Have students use the cards provided (they can work in pairs or in small groups) to write ONE rule and draw or write WHY they think it is important. I provide sheets with the rules already written on them for you, too (if you’d rather “assign” them a rule). Afterwards, have the group/pairs present their rule to the class. Your class could then write a letter back to Mr. Skeeter wishing him and the students a great year. You could include the rule suggestions along with the letter.
- SCHOOL EXPERT SORT CARDS (School Rules, Recess Rules, Lunch Rules, and Tech Rules! -
Complete this activity as a whole group. Place the “School Expert” title on one side of your pocket chart/white board and the “Keep Trying” title on the other side. Read aloud each scenario to your class. Then, have them turn and talk about whether or not they think each kid is ready to be a school expert or not. Spend ample time discussing why or why not. Have your students act out each scenario too! Lunch, recess, and technology cards are provided for you, as well!
- "HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?" CARDS -
These “How Would You Feel?” cards are great discussion starters. Read each card aloud to your group and have students turn and talk about how each scenario would make them feel. Be sure to have students explain WHY they would feel that way.
- SCHOOL EXPERT BOOKLET -
Each of the sheets in this school expert booklet reinforce the importance of making good choices and following classroom expectations. There is a little contract at the end of the booklet for students to sign.
Here's a breakdown of the sheets provided:
- To me, being a school expert means...
- This is me being a school expert!
- Important School Rules (students write the rule and draw a picture of themselves following the rule)
- Cut and sorts (school, recess, lunch, technology, and fire drill)
- Make It Right! (students read a short sentence about a character who is not following rules, and students have to draw a picture of how to make it right)