Use this lesson in your Back to School activities as a way to introduce the revamped ELA module 1A (NYS common core ELA curriculum from EngageNY) while allowing students to come up with your classroom rules and expectations together. Classroom management is always better when students are involved in the process and learn why it is important! This lesson uses the Guiding Questions and Big Ideas introduced at the beginning of Module 1A and ties them into making your beginning of the year classroom rules and expectations.
This is a great tie in to Module 1A because they will be creating a quilt as part of their Module 1A End of Unit Assessment that discusses how they can contribute to their classroom community in positive ways! This is also a great way to get students involved in the thought process behind why rules are important and how the rules help with communication and help keep them safe. They will be exploring the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) in Module 1A so this is a great start to the Module as well as to the school year! Their class list of rules and expectations can then be revised and added to as the school year and Module 1 go on!