All about rules!
Rules are an important part of society. From a young age, children are exposed to a series of rules on a daily basis. However, children and adults alike often question where these rules come from and whether they are fair.
- Who makes the rules?
- What is our role in determining the rules and laws that govern our daily activities?
- Are they fair?
- Are all rules part of the law?
This activity raises children’s awareness of the law through a philosophy for children approach. In the optional concluding activity, children work together to determine classroom rules. If they have a say in making the rules, they’ll be more willing to follow them and understand that the rules are applied democratically.
- To raise students’ awareness of the law in their lives
- To help students understand where rules come from
- To help students realize that restrictions and responsibilities are subject to rights and freedoms
- To establish classroom rules in a democratic manner, which helps ensure students follow them
- To learn to speak in front of a group
Subjects and subject-specific competencies
- English Language Arts, Competency 4: To use language to communicate and learn
- Social Sciences, Competency: To construct his/her representation of space, time and society
- Ethics and Religious Culture, Competency 1: Reflects on ethical questions
- Ethics and Religious Culture, Competency 3: Engages in dialogue
Approximately five periods of 45 to 60 minutes each