Because there are limited variety or few resources when teaching classroom management, this year I have come up with read-alouds to explain the expected school and classroom behavior to a young child in a friendly manner with some open-ended questioning. The read-alouds are designed to keep the teacher on task. If your school district is like mine, then you will be able to relate to the fast pace that a school year usually begins. I always feel that I do not thoroughly define what is expected to the children or that there are things I should have said but forgot because it was not scripted.
Since we focus on good citizenship initially the read alouds are designed to teach what it involves to be a good citizen. There are 11 read alouds such as taking turns and sharing, learning responsibility, taking care of one’s things, respecting others, being honest, exercising control, participating in classroom decisions, working in groups, and going on field trips. Each read aloud comes with a printable that the student can illustrate a picture and write about it. This allows teachers to get an informal assessment or understand if their students are developing an understanding good citizenship as they start to practice these acceptable behaviors in school.
A good book to read to your class is What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick. There are printables included to go along with the story. This package will work well with children in kindergarten to 3rd grade.
The following activities are included:
I Am a Good Citizen at Home, School & Community (foldable)
I Can be a Good Citizen
I Am a Good Citizen flipbook
What is a Rule?
The Importance of Rules (cause and effect)
Let’s Makes Some Rules
Following or Not?
The Importance of Helping (cause and effect)
How Can I Solve? (problems in the community)
May I Help?
A Good Citizen (cut-n-paste)
• When I am in the classroom . . .
• When I am in the hallway . . .
• When I am in the cafeteria . . .
• When I am in the restroom . . .
The Right Action
Good Citizen Match
Good Citizen Word Search
Ways to Be a Good Citizen
Being a Good Citizen (read alouds & worksheets)
• Taking turns (read aloud, worksheet, 2 cut-n-paste)
• Completing classroom chores
• Completing classroom assignment (cut-n-paste)
• Taking care of one’s things
• Respecting what belongs to others
• Being honest
• Practicing self-control
• Being kind to others
• Participating in making classroom decisions
• Working well with classmates in groups
• On a Field trip
What if Everyone Did That?/What If Everyone Did Not Do That?
How I Behave in Class! How I Think I Behave in Class!
What if Everyone . . ., I Behave in the Class . . ., What if Everyone Did That?