After many painful first days of the school year, I came up with this fun way to introduce class rules. The ice breaker helps remind students of the importance of rules and turn taking, and is a game they will likely ask to play again and again. The rules themselves are student-directed and revolve around respect of one another and the students' learning environment. The game can also be used as an introduction to accountable talk, showing students how to look for non verbal cues that show someone wants to speak.
Included with this lesson is a sample introduction letter to parents to encourage early and open communication about their child's progress.
This lesson uses the workshop model and has a checkbox for the teacher to circle which standards they are using in the lesson. While it lists ESL standards and was used in a classroom with ESL students, this lesson is appropriate for students of all abilities.
Also available as a bundle! Save money by purchasing the first three days as one package: First 3 days bundle: Ice breaker, rules, letter to parents, rubrics, and more