School Rules Scroll

School Rules Scroll lesson plan

Work together to agree on a set of rules for the classroom, school cafeteria, and playground. Write and illustrate rules to make a School Rules Scroll.

  • 1.

    With your classmates, create a list of suggested classroom rules to help each person be responsible for their actions. State rules positively, describing what TO DO. Use a democratic decision-making process to select three or four of the most important, general rules.

  • 2.

    Cut a recycled paper grocery bag with Crayola® Scissors so it lies flat.

  • 3.

    With a ruler and Crayola Colored Pencils, measure 2-inch (5 cm) high lines. In your best handwriting, use Crayola Washable Markers to print the rules large enough that they can be read from a distance.

  • 4.

    Illustrate the rules on another recycled paper bag. Glue these illustrations next to the rules with Crayola Glue Sticks.

  • 5.

    When the glue is dry, crumple the paper slightly to give it an aged effect. Roll up the finished scroll and tie it with a bright ribbon. As needed, a student unveils the rules for all to see.


  • Early in the year, children collaboratively decide on classroom rules that will help them get along with each other. Rules are phrased in positive terms.
  • Students recognize the importance of rules for people to get along (classroom, community, state, country, international).
  • Children write and illustrate their agreed-upon rules. They accept responsibility for their own behavior.


  • Write rules decided upon by younger children or those with language impairments on chart paper so they have a sample. Older children write in calligraphy. Students write the rules in their home languages.
  • Older students decide upon rules in a "King Arthur's Round Table" format and write them in different styles of speech. For example, read a portion of "King Arthur and King Cornwall" from Sir Gawain and then write class rules in middle English. Or write in
  • Write imaginary rules for a fantasy situation (No chewing gum while wearing your space suit).