This activity is great for the first week of school when you’re teaching rules and procedures to your students. It’s an interactive way to make sure your students know what is acceptable behavior in your classroom and what’s not. I always incorporate this activity after explaining the class rules so that it makes the rules concrete in their minds.
There are two ways you can use this activity in your classroom.
Option 1-Whole Group: Make a t-chart on chart paper and label one side “Rocking the Rules” and the other side “Breaking the Rules”. Then, pass out one action slip to each student and tell them to decide which side of the t-chart their action belongs on. After a few minutes of quiet think time, have each student come up and tape their action slip on the correct side and discuss with the class. Once all of the slips have been taped on, hang the poster near the class rules so you can reference it throughout the year.
Option 2-Small Groups: Make a t-chart on chart paper and label one side “Rocking the Rules” and the other side “Breaking the Rules” as the teacher sample. Then, pass out the smaller t-chart’s (included in this packet) to each group with the action slips already cut out and in a Ziploc bag. Students will then work together to decide which side of the t-chart the action slip belongs on. After all groups have finished, review whole group using the teacher’s t-chart. Read aloud each action slip and ask students to stand if they think it belongs on the “Rocking the Rules” side or the “Breaking the Rules” side. Tape the action slip on the correct side and hang up the poster to have as a reference for the year.
**As an extension, you can have groups brainstorm 1 or 2 other actions that would be considered “Rocking the Rules” and “Breaking the Rules.”**