Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Why do We Need Rules? - Section 2: Guiding the Learning


I wish I could have insight into all students understanding levels before I even begin planning because it would save me so much time! For this lesson I was lucky to have met with a small group in the morning and we shared the questions about the rights and responsibilities that all citizens should have. It seemed no matter how I worded it and reviewed it they gave me nods and affirmations but were not contributing or getting involved in the lesson learning. Finally I had to ask and realized that due to the fact that they do not work, drive or pay bills - they really had little understanding of the rights that they should expect in life. Their lives revolved around what they parents "rules" were rather than what our society expected from them.

I realized that I needed to make a change quickly and from what I heard from their responses I knew they could make connections to the topic if I made them personal. The last lesson with pulling tags out of a  bag was so successful I decided to do it again. This time I typed simple topics ( speaking, money, safety. etc.) on strips of paper and broke them into small groups. After I modeled the first the light bulbs started going off and I could see the majority getting the expectation for the lesson.

Those who struggled still were primarily confused by the vastness of their word.  For example, if it was "safety" and what part of it they needed to look at. I just needed to say something like "What right do you have to keep yourself or your family safe?" for them to get their brains moving with it. Once I got them all going their discussions were fantastic and they came up with too many ideas rather than too few.     

My purpose with this was to get them to this realization place so that when I introduced and spoke about the struggles the people and founding fathers had with getting their rights and liberties protected in writing - that they made the connection to what rights they were talking about back then. 

  changes made to the lesson
  Adjustments to Practice: Changes Made to the Lesson
Loading resource...

Why do We Need Rules?

Unit 13: Creating our Government Through Blood, Sweat and Fears
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT...create a classroom constitution that defines the rules they feel are important to create a effective and caring classroom environment.

Big Idea: Rules help us to feel safe and secure. Our classroom and communities are similar because they both have diverse people who want to live and work in a harmonious environment.

  Print Lesson
16 teachers like this lesson
student yard
Similar Lessons
Closely Looking at Conflicts in Fences, Act 1 Scene 4, to Analyze Character Development
9th Grade ELA » Fences: Character and Theme Analysis in Drama
Big Idea: Do the sins of the father visit the children? See Cory try to resist Troy's pull!

Environment: Urban
Donna Fletcher
This Letter is All Business
5th Grade ELA » Communication Nation:Writing With Audience and Purpose in Mind
Big Idea: Displaying perfect form and etiquette is the way to make a business letter work for you!
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
Heather Robinson
Creating to Scale Planet 2D Models
5th Grade Math » Measurement
Big Idea: Student astronauts explore science and math that is out of this world!
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Urban
Cathy Skinner
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload