This product is part of a back-to-school bundle with my Cultivating Classroom Community Pack!: Back to School Bundle
From my experience in the classroom, I have learned that classroom environments function most effectively when students are given opportunities to engage in the creation of classroom rules and expectations. When students have a sense of ownership in shaping their classroom community, they tend to be more invested in ensuring that they live up to class-wide expectations.
This pack includes three components to get your students thinking about how home rules are sometimes different than school rules. The activities, when used in the progression outlined below, will help students be able to consider the reasons for rules and will also help give them a sense of ownership in the development of classroom rules.
“The Rules at My Home” Homework Assignment: In this homework assignment, students and their parents engage in a conversation about the rules at their homes and the reasons behind them. The ready-to-print homework sheet includes a description of the assignment for parents and space for students to record the rules of their household.
School Rules and Home Rules Venn Diagram: This Venn Diagram helps students to think about how home rules and school rules are the same and different. Students could work on this Venn Diagram independently, in small groups, or in a whole class setting.
Rule Proposal Form: The “Rule Proposal Form” gives students an opportunity to suggest, explain, and defend a rule that they think should be implemented in the classroom. Proposed rules can then be discussed, debated, and approved during a class meeting.