New Marking Period. Here we go! Rules...again!
Here's a couple of fun games and activities to make rules more fun for you and the students.
When I start a new group I usually go over school and behavior rules on the first day, also grading and participation and then we start our art folders by taping them together.
On the second day, I assign art shelves and give my "Tour" of the artroom. I walk around the entire classroom showing the students where to find drawing supplies, paint supplies, ceramic supplies, off limits areas and project storage areas, etc. So after all of this, my students have had enough of rules and are looking a bit glazed over.
So, to shake things up a bit, I tried this scavenger hunt today. The students really had fun with it.(I let them pair up if they wanted to). My 6th graders liked it the best. It was a great way to get them up and around interacting with peers and the room. It also reinforced the information I had just shared with them. Students had to recall information, ask each other, and figure answers out by searching to fill in the answers on the sheet. I do think it helps to tell them the sheet they fill out will be graded. The activity takes about 15-20 minutes.
To keep it fun, as kids are finishing up, keep them busy by telling them that you also hid 2 gold stars, ( gold coins, art palettes, whatever you like) somewhere in the room. Give a little prize to the first one to bring a star to you. 6th, 7th and 8th graders all had fun with that!
If you would like to fill the the whole class period, I have included two more activities. One is a game with clues and a rolled up treasure map to find the "Mystery Art Supply Treasure" with printable game cards fo you. The other is a drawing page that the new students can complete to help you gather some information to evaluate their drawing ability and motivation.
This product is written for my art room but you can easily adapt it to your room and rules if needed.
FUN FACT: If my math is right, I think over 23 years, I have said my rules about 700 times ! Ugh!