Being able to visually re-enforce what a classroom rule means is invaluable. Especially if your students are pre-literate. However, I have found it hard to find images to illustrate my classroom rules. So, I have started making my own.
In this zip file are 10 large PNG images that illustrate using ‘kind words.’ They are all black and white. (If you would like color images you can also buy those from my store.) Five of the images are of a girl and five are of a boy. Each PNG image has a speech bubble. The bubbles say: Can I … please?, Will you … please?, Thank You!, and Hello! There are also images with blank bubbles. The ‘can you’ and ‘will you’ faces of the girl and boy are different than the ‘thank you’ and ‘hello’ faces.
These images can be used to create rules posters, reminder strips, and social stories. Reminder strips are strips of laminated paper with your rules images printed on them. You can carry these strips with you and simply show them to a student rather than raising your voice to say something like “Danielle: are you using kind words?” Social stories were first developed specifically for children with Autism. They were used to teach these kids expected social behaviors. The social stories use simple sentences and pictures. However, their simplicity makes them good for all children as they learn appropriate social behavior. And! They should be of particular use if your classroom has 2 or more languages being spoken.