Laws Sol 3.10: The student will recognize the importance of government in the community, Virginia, and the United States of America by a) explaining the purpose of rules and laws; b) explaining that the basic purposes of government are to make laws, carry out laws, and decide if laws have been broken; c) explaining that government protects the rights and property of individuals. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Introduction

  • Description: This WebQuest is meant to help students understand the importance of laws and how they affect them in the classroom. The students will be creating their own laws and enforcing them appropriately as approved by the teacher. This will help the students respect laws and the work that the people in charge put in to making these laws.
  • Grade Level: 3rd
  • SOL: 3.10

Laws are put in place to maintain order and peace within a group of people. Even in the classroom, we need to be aware of the laws and make sure we follow them. They are here to help us stay safe and have fun!

Our U.S. government makes laws that we need to obey as long as we are in the United States. These laws are also meant to protect us and make sure we have a good life. The people in the government who make laws try to do what is best for us as a country.

There are consequences for breaking laws. These consequences range depending on how bad the crime was. A crime is an act that is illegal and must be punished. Sometimes we get in trouble with parents or teachers for doing something against the rules. These are the necessary consequences for not obeying the laws set in place to protect us.

Task

The following lists the requirements you will need to complete for this task. You will be creating your own classroom laws for our particular class. You will need to develop a system for enforcing these rules, including describing the determined consequences for breaking them.

  • Poster of Laws (using PowerPoint, Spark Page, poster board, etc.)
  • Law enforcement strategy
  • List of consequences

You will be paired with a classmate for this task. Make sure you meet the requirements above and include your names on your work.

Process

Before beginning your work, watch the following video for classroom rules and ideas.

Poster

  1. Come up with a list of 5 to 10 laws for our classroom.
  2. Combine your laws into one form. You may use PowerPoint, Adobe Spark, or poster board to document your laws (get permission from you teacher for any other forms you may wish to use).
  3. Make sure your laws are realistic and related to our specific classroom.

Law Enforcement

  1. Determine how you are planning to enforce these laws. This is up to your imagination! But remember, make sure this is realistic for our classroom.
  2. If your methods vary, document your chosen methods of law enforcement with the corresponding rules.

Consequences

  1. Determine the consequences for breaking these laws.
  2. List the consequences with each law.
  3. Be sure to include how long the consequences will last, where they will take place, and any other information you think is necessary.

Evaluation

You will be assessed by the 3 C's: CREATIVITY, CRITERIA, and CONNECTIVITY. Your evaluation will range somewhere from poor to excellent.

Excellent:

  • CREATIVITY: Student's work and organization was creative. The chosen laws were original and well thought out.
  • CRITERIA: Student met the provided criteria: included name, 5-10 laws were presented along with a plan of law enforcement and consequence for each one.
  • CONNECTIVITY: Student connected the laws to our specific classroom. The laws were realistic and pertained to the needs of our class.

Poor

  • CREATIVITY: Student's work was not developed in a creative manner. The laws were unoriginal and not fully thought through.
  • CRITERIA: Student's name was not provided or student created less than 5 laws. A plan of law enforcement and consequence was not fully developed.
  • CONNECTIVITY: Student did not consider our class when creating these rules. The laws are unrealistic and unattainable for this classroom.

CONCLUSION

Great job! But we aren't quite finished yet. Your team will present the laws you've created and we will vote as a class on who's laws would be best to implement in our classroom. Well done. I hope this has taught you a valuable lesson on how laws must consider its audience when being created.

Teacher Page

Be mindful as you pair your students for this project. Make sure you provide each student with many methods to complete this task. The goal is for the students to recognize how they need to consider their audience when creating laws - in this case, their own classroom.

Students should be given a short time every day for a week to complete this assignment. It would be a good idea to plan your lessons around what they will be doing with their projects that day. Do not try to have the students complete all three criteria in one sitting. This may take some students longer than others. As long as you see your students making sufficient progress, do your best to allow them to continue working on this project.

Remember, the most important objective for this project is for the students to let their creative juices flow! Your students are masterminds! Let them prove it to you.

Credits / References

YouTube. (2015). Classroom Rules. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddvTFgzkS5M

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