Forming the Foundation of Government in the Classroom, School, and Community
- Read a teacher-selected book about a day without rules or laws.
- Have students draw a picture of what can happen with no rules (e.g., at a store, in a zoo). As a class or in groups make up a story to go with one or more of the pictures.
- Relate this to how having no rules/laws may affect person’s civil rights, freedoms, and property.
- Invite your school safety officer to be a guest speaker on laws and how they are enforced.
- Have students role-play good and bad citizenship situations.
- Take a field trip to a local courthouse or police station. Upon return, have students discuss what they learned and write a paragraph about the experience.
- Have students keep a tally chart of the rules that are broken within the classroom during one day. Graph the results.
- Have students make a cause-and-effect flip book showing a situation and what the effect may be when rules are not followed or are broken.
- Have students research interesting community rules/laws during Colonial or ancient times.