Who was Following the Rules?
This is a great cooperative learning activity to get your kids talking about what following the rules looks like and what it does not look like. Use this activity after you have taught rules and procedures to reinforce them and get students working together!
This activity includes 12 classroom scenarios where scenario characters are following rules or not following rules. Students decide (together as a class, with a partner or as a team) and discuss what they would do different or what they liked about each scenario. You may want to have students relate each scenario back to your own classroom rules and discuss what rules are being followed and which rules are not!
I included four different ways to use the scenario cards- choose the one that works best for you and your students! All four activities are designed to get students talking to each other.
Sort the cards- Students can work with a partner or teams to sort the scenario cards under yes or no headings.
Have students read the cards in teams or with partners. Instead of sorting scenario cards, you can have them write the names from the scenario cards in the yes and no t-chart included.
If you have students who are not reading well enough on their own yet, or if you want to do it more whole class, you could use the scenario cards under the ELMO or read them out loud and have students sort included name cards under the Yes or No heading cards.
Finally, you could use the Kagan strategy Fan-and-pick. This is a great cooperative learning strategy in which students use a mat to tell them which job they have in the activity. After every question round, students rotate the mat and have a different job to do for the next questions.