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Our first 2 weeks of school we focus on rules and laws during our social studies times. Our SS book is awful- very dry besides the kids can't read it yet anyway I have searched the web and really can't find any hands-on engaging activities to use. Thought maybe someone hear might have some things they are willing to share!!!


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Sorry I teach 1st grade- this is my first year in this grade
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I know there's a book out there that tells about a town that didn't have any laws and how crazy it was. I'm still working on my first cup of coffee for the morning so I'm not fully awake and can't remember the name...forgive me. Since this unit will be what you start off the year with, you can have the students come up with some rules for the classroom and discuss why it's important to have them. Ask them what would happen if there were no rules for how fast you could drive in your car? Everyone would drive like crazy (although where I live they already do!) and it would be very dangerous.
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Old 07-24-2010, 06:21 AM
 
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Give the students supplies for a game with no directions. I usually use dice and playing cards. Have them make up the rules in small groups and see how well they do. Students can usually do this. I then switch groups around. Each person has different ideas on what the game should be so it expresses the need for common rules.

Officer Buckle and Gloria is a good read aloud.
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Found this thread
Old 07-24-2010, 07:22 AM
 
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I'm doing the same unit at the beginning of the year! I like to teach my SS units with picture book because our book is BORING too! I found this thread. Now I just need to get all the books!

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...ad.php?t=55770

Officer Buckle and Gloria is in our reading series towards the middle. I'm thinking that I should read that at the beginning of the year.


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Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Old 07-24-2010, 07:25 AM
 
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After discussing the reason we have rules and laws I have the kids walk through the school, the grounds, and the neighborhood. We take notes or we stop and discuss the different types of rules in our school taking note of the difference between things like a "No Parking" or "Stop" sign and a "Milk Cartons Only!" sign in our cafeteria. Have them return to the room and identify and discuss the different layers/levels of laws and rules in the school, neighborhood, city, state, nation. Then have them write a classroom Bill of Rights. (This whole lesson takes about 5 days)


Here are some resources that I've used:

from Mandy Gregory's site:
http://www.mandygregory.com/SocialSt...htm#Government

edHelper.com:
http://www.edhelper.com/Constitution_Day.htm

School House Rock (I'm Just a Bill):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEJL2Uuv-oQ

Enchanted Learning:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/his...ofrights.shtml

Preamble in Sign Language:
http://www.nccs.net/constitution-week/preamble.pdf

A Reader's Theater:
http://www.teachercreatedmaterials.c.../TCM10703.pdf/

The first 10 pages of this unit are easily adaptable for lower grades:
http://www.americanheritage.org/Midd...ties_04_TX.pdf

Interactive Websites:
http://www.congressforkids.net/

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
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Try this website
Old 07-24-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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http://dc.doe.in.gov/Standards/Acade...resources.aspx
There are some lessons like these:

Title: Why We Have Rules
Description: Students will identify why rules and laws exist and describe the consequences of not having rules.

Title: Rules Ahead!
Description: Students will define and give examples of rules and laws.

itle: Building Respect
Description: Students will give examples of how people show concern, respect each other, behave responsibly in a group, and resolve differences peacefully.

Title: Fair Play (includes BLM Fair Play Role Play)
Description: Students will identify civic virtues that are needed to be a good citizen.

The Right Stuff
Description: Students will identify rights that people have and the responsibilities that accompany these rights. The lesson plan uses THE BERENSTAIN BEARS AND THE MESSY ROOM.
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Thank you so much!!!!! This will be very useful not just for "rules and laws"
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