5th Grade NYS Learning Standard CITIZENSHIP AND CIVIC LIFE: Constitutions, rules, and laws are developed in democratic societies in order to maintain order, provide security, and protect individual rights. This is an example of a "classroom constitution" made together as a class. It allows your students to become more comfortable as a learning community. Also students are more inclined to follow and not break their own rules rather than rules that the teacher sets.

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Start the year off by working with your students to write a classroom constitution to establish classroom rules.

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I would do this activity with my 2nd graders at the beginning of the year. As a class, we will come up our own constitution to follow throughout the year. The students will sign it and we will hang it up around the room. This will be a good opportunity to introduce them to historical figures such as George Washington.

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5th Grade NYS Learning Standard CITIZENSHIP AND CIVIC LIFE: Constitutions, rules, and laws are developed in democratic societies in order to maintain order, provide security, and protect individual rights. This is an example of a "classroom constitution" made together as a class. It allows your students to become more comfortable as a learning community. Also students are more inclined to follow and not break their own rules rather than rules that the teacher sets.

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"Create a classroom ​constitution or ​bill of rights." Work as a class to create a classroom constitution or ​bill of rights. Have students work together to brainstorm their most important guidelines for a successful learning community. Once students have decided on the five or six most important points, write them in a pledge form on posterboard. Have all students sign the pledge and hang it on the wall where the students can see it."…

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