I created and used this activity every year to set the classroom expectations with my students! This is a great way for middle grades to take ownership of the rules of your classroom. Students work in groups to establish the reasons for the given rules of your classroom and create a poster illustrating the rule. This is a great first of the year group activity and you have student work to decorate your room from the beginning!
Send me a message if you have suggestions of other classroom expectations you would like me to add to this activity. I would be happy to do so!