Citizenship: Home, School, and Community
Consequences When Rules Are Not Followed
- Self-stick notes
- Pencils and crayons
- Chart paper
- Review the examples of rules at school, rules at home, and rules in the community from the previous sessions.
- Ask students to suggest what the consequence might be if a person does not follow a classroom rule, such as lining up to go to the playground. Guide the students’ responses to help them realize that a student who did not line up with the class might get left behind in the classroom. Explore other consequences of not following the rules. For example, if students ran to line or pushed others to get there first, someone might get hurt.
- Use the class-created chart of rules to solicit student responses to possible consequences that could occur if the rules are not followed.
- Have each student illustrate on a self-stick note the consequence of not following one of the classroom rules. As students complete their responses, allow time for each student to explain the rule he/she chose and the consequence that illustrates what could happen if the rule is not followed.
- Post the “possible consequences” self-stick notes beside each rule, and review the cause-and-effect relationship.
- Complete the same process to review the consequences for not following rules at home and rules in the community. Encourage students to discuss the cause-and-effect relationship that exists between why we have rules and what the possible consequences are when the rules are not followed.