Rules And Behavior In Class And Halls English Language Essay

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Rationale: I chose this theme because it is an essential part of the school year. How you teach students to act in the beginning of the year will carry out throughout the rest of the school year. I have never had the opportunity to be in a classroom for the first couple weeks of school, so I would like to create a literature unit that focuses on this valuable unit that students need to learn.

Summary: In this unit, I go through procedures that the students should know how to go through with ease. The classroom and school rules start off the unit, so that all students know what to do in the class in order to be respectful to the teacher and others. I then move into common procedures such as going to the bathroom, getting on a school bus, doing fire drills and intruder drills. I thought all of these procedures are very important to go over in the first few weeks of school. Often these drills are done during these weeks as a test to make sure the students will be safe in case of an emergency.

Materials: Parish, Herman, Amelia Bedilia's First Day of School, Greenwillow Books

Carlstrom, Nancy, It's Your First Day of School, Annie Claire, Abrams Books for Young Readers

Bloch, Serge, Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards, Sterling

Thomas, Pat, Do I have to go to School, Barron's Educational Series

Meiners, Cheri, Know and Follow the Rules, Free Spirit Publishing

Shannon, David, David Goes to School, Blue Sky Press

Kraus, Arthur, Leo the Late Bloomer, HarperCollins

Modesitt, Jeanne, Sometimes I Feel Like a Mouse, Scholastic Inc.

Jacobs, Paul, Fire Drill, Henry Holt and Co.

Feldman, Heather, My School Bus: A Book About School Bus Safety, PowerKids Press

I will also need the use of a bus for a day.

Goals/Objectives/Assessments of the Unit:

Goal: I want the students to be able to recite the rules of the school. Objective: Students will recite the rules of the school. Assessment: I will listen and observe students as the recite the school rules before the pledge everyday.

Goal: I want the students to respect other classes when walking through the halls of the school. Objective: Students will quietly walk through the halls in a single file line with their hands at their sides and facing forward. Assessment: I will observe students as they walk in the hall.

Goal: I want the students to follow the classroom rules. Objective: Students will create and follow the classroom rules. Students will then sign our contract when they fully understand the rules and consequences to the rules if they are not followed. Assessment: I will observe students on a daily basis to make sure the rules that they created are being followed not in the classroom, but school wide.

Goal: I want the students to be able know the proper route to get out of the building in case of a fire drill. Objective: Students will recite and quickly escape the building according to the proper route designed by the school. Assessment: I will monitor and practice with the students to make sure they are using the right procedures.

Goal: I want the students to know the proper behaviors to use on a bus. Objective: Students will perform the correct rules as said by the bus driver. Assessment: While the teacher is going over the rules I will go through and monitor to make sure students are listening and practicing the rules.

Goal: I want the students to know what to do in case an intruder is in the building. Objective: Students will perform the procedures in case an intruder is in the room. Assessment: I will monitor students to make sure they are following the rules during this time.

Essential Knowledge/Skills/Dispositions Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to recite the school rules, recite the classroom rules, and respects others while they are in the hall. This will allow for a well behaved class when the teacher is there or in case the teacher will not be able to be there for a day.

Relationship to Standards: Students will meet the first and fourth standard of the NYS ELA standards. Standard 1.1 they will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding. They will meet this standard by writing the classroom rules and reciting these rules every morning. They will also recite the school rules every morning before the pledge. Standard 4.1 they will also read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction. Students will meet this standard by cooperating with their peers to create a set of rules for the classroom. They will have to listen to their peers for ideas. They will then write these rules with the help of the teacher. They will then all read the rules on a daily basis.

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan 1

Date/Times: September 1st; 8:45-9:45

Grade Level: 1st grade

Theme: First day of school rules; Standard 1.1,4.1

Title for the Day's Lesson: First day of school

Goals/Objectives: Goal: I want the students to follow the classroom rules. I want students to make connections between their first day of school and Amelia Bedilia's first day of school.

Objective: Students will create and follow the classroom rules. Students will then sign our contract when they fully understand the rules and consequences to the rules if they are not followed. Students will list how their day and Amelia's day were similar and different.

Materials: Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School, clay

Introduction to the Lesson: Today in class, we are going to be reading a book about Amelia Bedilia's first day of school. Then we are going to create our own set of classroom rules.

Language Arts Activities:

I will read the book Amelia Bedilia's First Day of School by Herman Parish.

I will have the students reflect on items going on in the story as I read it.

Amelia gets lost and confused in this story a lot. Did you get lost or confused this morning?

I will write down the similarities and differences about Amelia's and the class's experiences with the first day of school.

After doing this we will follow up the book by using clay just like in the story to create images of the students favorite animals.

We will then display these so that parents will be able to see these after school.

Now we will move back to the reading rug and create a list of classroom rules.

The students will be the creators of these rules, I will be there as a guide to help students write down the rules.

After forming the rules, I will ask students to recite the rules together.

Students will be asked to review the rules and will be asked to sign the document, only when they are ready to, to make sure they have full understanding of the rules.

Review and Summary: Just like in real life we may get lost in the school, but there is always an adult willing to help you. You just need to ask them for help. We also created a list of rules. In our daily lives we have rules to follow. Can you tell me some of the rules that you have to follow at home?

Assessment: I will turn the rules paper over. I will ask students to raise their hands and tell me the rules we had just created.

Lesson Plan 2

Date: September 2nd

Time: 8:45-9:45

Grade Level: 1st

Theme: Classroom and School Rules; Standard 1.1

Title for Today's Lesson: Review of Classroom Rules and Introduction of School Rules

Goal: I want the students to be able to recite the rules of the school.

Objective: Students will recite the rules of the school. Students will problem-solve to create rules for making students feel comfortable.

Materials: It's your first day of school, Annie Claire and Sometimes I Feel Like a Mouse

Introduction: Today we are going to learn the school rules. We will also read a story about a little girl who was nervous to come to school because she didn't know what to expect. We will learn how our school rules will help the girl to realize she will be okay in school.

Language Art Activities:

I will begin by bringing out a poster of the school rules. These may include rules about respecting others.

Once I have read over the rules I will have the students read the rules along with me twice.

I will then read the book It's your first day of school, Annie Claire by Margaret Wise Brown.

As I read through this story, I will ask students to predict what she will worry about next.

After reading the story we will go over the book and relate it to the school rules.

So what happens if Anne Claire colors worse than you, what would you do?

What if Anne Claire snores during nap time? Would you say anything?

Do you see why it is good to have rules to follow? Why is it good to have these rules?

We will then create another chart that represents what our class worries were about school. Think back to when you were going into pre-k or kindergarten. What were you worried about?

After the first couple of days were you worried anymore?

We will put the school rules in a spot where everyone can see them. The location will be decided by the students.

Let's practice one more time.

I will then end the class with Sometimes I Feel Like a Mouse.

Review and Summary: How was what we learned today important for us in life at home? Could you use these school rules at home as well? How would you make sure that others feel welcome in the school?

Assessment: I will observe the students while reciting the school rules to make sure they are participating in this daily reading.

Lesson Plan 3

Date: September 3rd

Time: 8:45-9:45

Grade Level: 1st

Theme: Classroom and School Rules; Standard 1.1

Title for Today's Lesson: Bathroom Procedures

Goal: I want the students to follow the classroom rules.

Objective: Students will act out using bathroom manners after using the bathroom.

Materials: Leo the Late Bloomer

Introduction: Today we are going to go over the proper bathroom procedures.

Language Arts Activities:

Using the bathroom is something everyone will have to do during school.

If you have to go to the bathroom you do not need to raise your hand, you may just go to the bathroom in the classroom.

There is an occupied and unoccupied sign on the door. Can anyone tell me what these words mean? So if the bathroom is occupied should we get up and leave a lesson to wait in line or just wait until the person ahead of us is done?

What should you do directly after using the bathroom? That's right! Wash your hands. How long do you wash your hands for? You should put soap on one hand and turn on the faucet with the other hand, and then you should count to ten in your head. Make sure to wash the fronts and backs of your hands. Then you need to dry your hands off. I will visually show students with picture cards at this time.

Now we will all practice washing our hands in groups of five. The classroom aid will assist with washing the student's hands, while I read the book Leo the Late Bloomer by Arthur Kraus.

This story emphasizes how being different is not weird it's just different. I think this will be a good eye opener for students and this will help to make sure our classroom is a respectful one.

Review: Do you wash your hands at home after you go to the bathroom? You should do this at home as well to make sure that germs are not spread around the house.

Assessment: I will have the classroom aide monitor the students during this lesson to make sure they are being thorough and washing their hands properly.

Lesson Plan 4

Date: September 4th

Time: 8:45-9:45

Grade Level: 1st

Theme: Classroom and School Rules; Standard 1.1, 4.1

Title for Today's Lesson: Rules in the Hallway

Goal: I want the students to respect other classes when walking through the halls of the school. I want students to recite the meaning of common phrases.

Objective: Students will quietly walk through the halls in a single file line with their hands at their sides and facing forward. Students will recite the common meanings of many common used phrases.

Materials: Butterflies in my stomach and other school hazards

Introduction: Today is our first day of specials. Today we will learn how to walk in the hallways so that we are respecting other classes while they are learning.

Language Arts Activities:

I will read Butterflies in my stomach and other school hazards by Serge Bloch.

This is a short book that reviews the feelings of the first day of school.

We will review page by page the sayings that were recited and I will make sure students understand each of these phrases.

Do you know what this really means? If the students do not respond I will explain the sayings to the like "put your best foot forward".

After reviewing this, we will talk about the rules in the hallway. Can you give some ways to be respectful in the hallway? I will write these ideas on the board.

Then we will practice these in the classroom. I will ask students to line up, now how did we say we should line up? Single file that's right. We will go through each rule before moving.

I will then have students walk around the room the way that they had decided.

Is there anything we forgot to put on here? If there is I will add this step to the board and we will practice again.

Directly after reading, we will leave to go to a gym.

Review: Do you think you will hear confusing sayings like this outside of the school? Why do you think that? Can you use any of the sayings we learned to talk to your parents at certain times? Give me an example. I will also review the hallway rules by having students list what they should do in the hallways.

Assessment: I will monitor students on a daily basis to make sure that they are following our hallway rules.

Lesson Plan 5

Date: September 5th

Time: 8:45-9:45

Grade Level: 1st

Theme: Classroom and School Rules; Standard 4.1

Title for Today's Lesson: Review of Classroom Rules and Making Consequences to broken rules

Goal: I want the students to follow the classroom rules and make consequences for actions if they rules are broken.

Objective: Students will create and follow the classroom rules. Students will create a list of consequences for not following the classroom rules.

Materials: Know and Follow Rules Cheri J. Meiners

Introduction: Today we are going to review the school rules. Then we go over some consequences that can be made in case someone breaks a rule.

Language Arts Activities:

I will call on students to read the rules individually. I will do this until everyone has had a chance to read at least one rule.

We will then think of some consequences to rules ranging from low to high.

I will have some in mind so that this does not get out of control too much.

Some consequences I have thought of are losing free time and getting warnings. If you get three warnings a letter will sent home to your parents.

Are there any other consequences that you think should be added?

I will then read the book Know and Follow Rules Cheri J. Meiners.

This book lists four general rules. During and after reading the book I will ask students why we have rules, these are listed in the book so things are fair, we are safe, so we can learn, and get along.

I will then ask students if the four rules provided in the book are in our general classroom rules. If one is missing we will add it to our list.

Review: Why do we have rules? Can these same reasons be used at home as well? How were our rules similar to the rules in the story?

Assessment: I will observe students behaviors in class to make sure they are following the classroom rules.

Lesson Plan 6

Date: September 8th

Time: 8:45-9:45

Grade Level: 1st

Theme: Classroom, School and Hallway Rules; Standard 1.1

Title for Today's Lesson: Review of All Rules

Goal: I want the students to be able to recite the rules of the school. I want the students to respect other classes when walking through the halls of the school. I want the students to follow the classroom rules.

Objective: Students will recite the rules of the school. Students will quietly walk through the halls in a single file line with their hands at their sides and facing forward. Students will create and follow the classroom rules.

Materials: David Goes to School by David Shannon

Introduction: Today we are going to read a story that reviews all the rules we have learned this week.

Language Arts Activities:

Read the story David Goes to School by David Shannon.

As I go through the book students will raise their hands and tell me what rules are being broken by David.

What consequences would David have in our classroom?

What consequence did David face in his classroom?

Do you think that consequence fit?

Do you think David learned his lesson?

Review: I will ask students to list the rules without looking at them. How can you use these rules at home?

Assessment: I will monitor the students during the school year to make sure students are following along with the rules.

Lesson Plan 7

Date: September 9th

Time: 8:45-9:45

Grade Level: 1st

Theme: Classroom and School Rules; Standard 1.1, 4.1

Title for Today's Lesson: Fire Drill Procedures

Goal: I want the students to be able know the proper route to get out of the building in case of a fire drill.

Objective: Students will recite and quickly escape the building according to the proper route designed by the school.

Materials: Fire Drill by Paul DuBois Jacobs, bell

Introduction: Today we will be reviewing the procedure for fire drills in school.

Language Arts Activities:

I will read the text Fire Drill to the class.

What are some important rules you learned? Students: Stop what you are doing, Out the Door, Stay in Line, Stay in pairs, Stay quiet.

Why is it important to immediately stop what you are doing?

Why is important to go out the door, stay in line, stay in pairs, stay quiet?

Once you are outside how should you act? Students: Stay in pairs, Don't Talk, Don't run, Stay with your class.

We are going to practice this drill. First we need to look at our escape route. This is posted right next to the door. Where do we go first according to this chart? Where do we end up? Close to the school or far away?

Let's bring our book with us to make sure we are doing this right. I will bring a bell with me to act as a fire bell.

I will flip through the pages as students perform the drill.

After coming back to the class I will have the students do an activity on safe fire procedures.

They will then plan their own escape route for their house.

We will repeat this during the day to make sure the students understand what is going on and how to get out of the building safely.

Review: Which door do we use to get out of? If that door is blocked what do we do? What could you do at home with your family to make sure you all end up in the same place safely?

Assessment: I will monitor the students during the practice runs to make sure they are following the rules and procedures.

Lesson Plan 8

Date: September 10th

Time: 8:45-9:45

Grade Level: 1st

Theme: Classroom and School Rules; Standard 1.1, 4.1

Title for Today's Lesson: School Bus Rules

Goal: I want the students to know the proper behaviors to use on a bus.

Objective: Students will perform the correct rules as said by the bus driver.

Materials: My School Bus: A Book About School Bus Safety by Heather Feldman, bus

Introduction: Today we are going to learn about school bus safety when we go on field trips and ride them to school.

Language Arts Activities:

I will first read My School Bus: A Book about School Bus Safety.

As I read the story, I will ask questions about the children in the book and what they are doing right.

We will then go outside to get into the bus and practice rules. We will review the rules as we go along. For example, how to you get on the bus? How many people should be in a seat?

We will then go back to the classroom and complete a worksheet where you have to circle hazards on the bus.

Review: What are some of the rules used while we are on a bus?

Assessment: I will assess students by observing them on the bus.

Lesson Plan 9

Date: September 11th

Time: 8:45-9:45

Grade Level: 1st

Theme: Classroom and School Rules; Standard 1.1

Title for Today's Lesson: Rules in case of an intruder

Goal: I want the students to know what to do in case an intruder is in the building.

Objective: Students will perform the procedures in case an intruder is in the room.

Materials: David Goes to School

Introduction: Today we are going to learn what to do in case there is an intruder in the building.

Language Arts Activities:

First we will go over the word intruder. What do you think this means? I will make a semantic web up on the board in order to include all possible definitions.

Next, I will tell the students what code name is announced when an intruder is in the building; his name will be Mr. Purple.

I will then show students what to do when an intruder announcement is called.

We will line up sitting on the floor in front of the cubbies. This way no one can see us. I will lock the door and shut the door and the lights off.

It is very important to stay seated and quiet in the room.

Okay lets practice, I will start to re-read David Goes to School and a classroom aid will say "Dr. Purple is in the building." Students will then move to the designated area and I will lock and shut the door and turn off the lights.

After performing the drill and we have waited five minutes I will call the drill off.

Students will then be asked to move back to the reading rug. I will ask them what went well. What could we do next time to make sure this happened quicker and quieter?

Review: What does the word intruder mean? Can an intruder come in to your house? What do we do when "Dr. Purple is in the building is announced over the speaker system."?

Assessment: I will monitor students to make sure they are following the rules during this time.

Lesson Plan 10

Date: September 12th

Time: 8:45-9:45

Grade Level: 1st

Theme: Classroom and School Rules; Standard 1.1, 4.1

Title for Today's Lesson: Review of Rules and Procedures

Goal: I want the students to be able to recite the rules as best as they can.

Objective: Students will recite the bus, intruder and fire drill rules.

Materials: Do I have to go to school?

Introduction: Today we are going to review the bus, intruder and fire drill rules.

Language Arts Activities:

I will have drawn a bus, person and fire on the board and I will list the rules inside each of these forms.

We have learned about some pretty important rules in the last couple of days. Who can tell me some bus rules? I will list these in the bus. Are we missing any?

Now what are our intruder rules?

Now what are our fire drill rules?

I will then ask students if any of the rules in each of these categories is the same. I will circle similar rules in each form with a different colored marker.

How does this help us to have similar rules in each set of rules?

I will then read, Do I have to go to school? by Pat Thomas. This will review the reasons of coming to school and give the students a feeling of wanting to be at school.

Review: I will cover up the board. Who remembers one rule that is similar in all three procedures? How can we use these same rules in our own life at home?

Assessment: I will observe the student's work on the board to make sure they encompassed all of the rules on the board.

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