We've been discussing discipline lately and I thought this lesson was
a good one to introduce discipline and help students take ownership of
the rules. It is by one of my students:
Lesson Plan #1
Teacher: Alyson Jacobson Grade: 4
Material: Class Rules Part 1 Time: 8:15-10:00AM
MATERIALS NEEDED: CD of "No Boundaries" from Adventures in Odyssey
and CD player
OBJECTIVE: Students will discover why rules are important for a
classroom and be able to form opinions regarding the necessity of rules.
INTRODUCTION: Now we are going to talk about one of your favorite
1. Ask, "Class, in your own words, what is a "rule?" (Write down what
the students say.)
2. Say, "What are your opinions about rules? I don't want you to tell
me what you think I want to hear. I want to hear what you think about
3. Listen to the story titled, "No Boundaries" from Adventures in Odyssey.
1. Students will break into groups of 3-4 to discuss the following
questions. Teacher will ask a question and allow 3-4 minutes for the
group to discuss each question.
2. Roles: a) a president that makes final decisions, b) a discussion
leader (checker) who makes sure everyone participates and no one makes
fun of other people's answers, c) a recorder who writes down the main
ideas of what the group discusses, and d) a reporter who describes the
group's decisions to the class.
A. List the characters in the story and rank them from most important
to least important characters in the story.
B. Do you, like Timmy, ever wish there were no rules? Describe when
C. Do you agree with the decision of the parents? Explain why you
agree or disagree.
D. When there were no rules in the house, describe the changes that
Timmy went through, and what caused those changes?
E. Would you like to live in a world with no rules? A home with no
rules? A school with no rules?
F. What might happen at school if there were no rules?
G. What do you think the "theme" or main lesson of this story is?
1. Reporters from each group will share their ideas with the class.