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Classroom and School Rules
Social Studies Standard 2
Civics and Government
Give examples of classroom and school rules and explain how
each helps us.
Link to Activity:
Rule - A law or direction that guides behavior or action.
Law - The set of rules that people in a society must follow.
Safety – The condition of being safe from danger.
Respect – The honor that someone gives to another person.
Order - The condition in which the rules and laws of a society
Taken from: http://new.wordsmyth.net/
Class Rules Set #1
No interfering with the teaching and
learning of others.
Respect personal space, rights and
property of others.
Follow directions of all your teachers.
Come to class prepared with all supplies
and homework complete.
Class Rules Set #2
Be respectful of yourself and others.
Raise your hand before you speak during
a classroom lesson.
Listen quietly while others are speaking.
Obey all school rules.
Class Rules Set #3
Be polite, courteous, and respectful at all
Complete all assignments neatly and on
Leave your seat only when necessary.
Keep your hands to yourself.
Be quiet in lines, hallways, and restrooms.
Class Rules Set #4
Complete Work On Time
Respect Fellow Classmates
Raise Your Hand And Wait To Be Called
Stay On Task
Respect Other People's Property
Always Do Your Best
Taken from: http://www.teach-
Officer Buckle and Gloria By Peggy Rathmann
Read the book Officer Buckle and
Gloria to the class.
Officer Buckle knows more about safety
than anyone in the town of Napville. But
whenever he tries to share his safety tips,
nobody listens. Until, that is, the Napville
Police Department buys a police dog
Unbeknownst to Officer Buckle, Gloria
has her own way of demonstrating safety
tips–one that makes Napville sit up and
take notice! Suddenly, everybody wants to
hear Officer Buckle's safety speech. "And
please" people say, "bring along that
When Officer Buckle discovers he's been
upstaged, he vows to give up safety tips
once and for all. Can Gloria convince her
friend to return to the job he loves, or is
Napville about to have its worst accident
Discuss the Book and Safety Rules
Discuss why Officer Buckle
wanted people to follow his
Ask students which of their
school rules help keep
them safe. List the rules on
the chalkboard under the
Examples: No running, keep
your hands and feet to
yourself, work and play
Discuss Other Rules
List the remainder of classroom and school rules on the
Discuss that safety is not the only reason for rules.
Group the rules according to reasons such as “Respect” and
Examples: Follow directions, work quietly, respect others, respect school
and personal property, etc…
Have students brainstorm the reason for each group of rules.
List the reasons above each group or rules on the board.
Illustrate the Rules
Review all of the rules on the chalkboard.
Give each student a piece of paper and crayons.
Direct them to choose a rule and draw a picture
showing someone following that rule.
Illustrate the Rules
Have students dictate a sentence explaining the rule
they illustrated and the reason for the rule.
Create a bulletin board with headings such as:
Safety, Respect, and Order
Post students’ drawings under the correct heading.
Use the bulletin board to review the rules with
Extending the Activity
Invite a police officer to talk with students about safety.
Know your full name, address, and phone number.
Always let an adult know where you are going.
Know to call 911 if there is an emergency.
Recognize and obey traffic signals.
Stay seated and keep head and arms inside
bus at all times.
Help students compare the police officer’s
information to Officer Buckle’s tips.
Taken from: http://www.ci.yuma.az.us/news_15124.htm
Make a “Book of Classroom Rules” by taking pictures
of students following rules with a digital camera.
Print and paste the pictures into a booklet, and have
students write their names under the pictures they
Back to School Safety Tips
Rathman, P. (1995). Officer Buckle and Gloria. G. P. Putnam’s Sons