Students compose a text to communicate feelings, needs, opinions and ideas about living and/ or working in a shared space.
- Teachers could modify activity to overlap with Positive Behaviour Engaging Learners (PBEL) program in school, and/ or combine their own set of class rules.
- School and home questions may be discussed in separate sessions.
- The list of questions used as prompts in this activity may be adapted to suit the needs and experiences of students.
- List of question prompts (as provided in this activity or as developed by the teacher)
- This is Our House (animation) – Michael Rosen
- Discuss concepts of respect and responsibility with class
- What is respect? What does it look like? (Being kind, listening, using our manners, school rules, classroom rules)
- Who are the people in the classroom that we need to show respect? (Teachers, students, ourselves)
- What are some of the rules in the classroom? (incorporate teacher’s own or let students generate)
- Use the following questions to guide students in thinking about the reason that we have shared rules:
- Why do you think we line up to come into class?
- Why do you think we put the crayons in the middle of the table?
- Why do you think we’re quiet when we’re working?
- Why do you think we line up at the canteen?
- Why do we take turns at activities, with the equipment etc?
- Why do we put our hands up to speak to the class or teacher?
- Why do we have to ask permission to leave the classroom?
- Do you have to tidy your toys? Why?
- Do you have to share with other members of the family? Why?
- What jobs do you have at home to help with the housework
- Explain to the students that they are going to watch an animated video about a child being unfair to others, and answer some questions. Play the animated video This is Our House – Michael Rosen. Discuss:
- Was George fair to the other children?
- What were some of the reasons why George wouldn’t allow them inside his cubby house?
- What happened to make George leave his cubby house?
- How do you think George felt when the children wouldn’t allow ‘people with red hair’ to enter?
- How was the problem resolved?
- What is the message we learn from this story?
- Ask students to write a response to a sentence about George. For example: George felt…