Dr. Jean Feldman performs this song on Is Everybody Happy? CD. You can also buy a digital download of the song. (I think I found it on the Dr. Jean website.)
The rules, the rules, the rules of the classroom.
(Snap fingers as you sway back and forth to the beat.)
Follow, follow, follow directions,
(Point index fingers in the air.)
Feet and hands, feet and hands,
(Point to feet and then each hand.)
Small voices inside, tall voices on the playground.
(Put finger over lips and then point out the window.)
Take care of your things, and keep the classroom neat and clean.
(Brush palms together to the beat.)
Work together, get along, and respect each other.
(Clasp hands together and then make circular motions like you’re
stirring a pot.)
I've changed a few of the rules just a little bit to match up with my classroom rules. We sing all through the year. If my kiddos are being really noisy, I might say "Do you remember our rule about tall voices?" and it usually inspires the class to immediately sing that verse of the Rules Rap-I love it!!!
*Partner students or put in small groups to have them come up with a good rule for our classroom.
*Record ideas on chart paper or Smart Board.
*Rap the rules that the students came up with. (or at least attempt to!!!) The kiddos love this part even if its not quite as smooth as the verses from Dr. Jean!
*Each student completes the writing reproducible below-"My Rule!" (Click HERE if you would like this freebie!)
*Make a classbook with the rules.
Ok, so there's my favorite Back-to-School idea for my kiddos. Now, a Back-to-School activity to help organize all those supplies without going CrAzY!!! I used to hate sorting school supplies but now I LOVE IT! It's no longer my job-it's the kiddos job! I created some really cute supply labels and put them on crates. Then I call a few students at a time to sort their supplies into the appropriate place-(they love having a job to do right away). Ta Da!!! Supplies are organized!!!!
Oh ya!!! You guessed it-Here is your Back-to-School FREEBIE!!!!
There are 22 labels in this set for sorting all of your back-to-school supplies! Happy sorting!!!