We all know the importance of teaching and reviewing classroom procedures. As upper elementary school teachers, we are bombarded with recommendations to practice routines and procedures constantly, particularly the first week of school, and then to keep practicing them throughout the school year.
But reviewing and practicing procedures can get a little boring, especially for students. Below are 17 different ways to review practice procedures the first week of school and then again throughout the school year.
17 Ways to Review Classroom Procedures
1. Complete this Free Classroom Procedures Find Somebody Who! It challenges students to find different people in the classroom to explain different procedures to them. This is a fun, interactive way for students to review procedures after they have been taught.
2. Create a class book of procedures. Make each student (or pair of students) responsible for illustrating and explaining one important procedure in your classroom. Then, put all the pages together to create a class book. Place the completed book in your classroom library so students can read for fun (or if they need a quick review of procedures).
3. Create individual books of procedures. Each student can illustrate and explain 5 or 6 or the most important classroom procedures and create a book that they can store in their desk for reference.
4. Take pictures of students following classroom procedures correctly. Post those pictures somewhere in your classroom for students to use as reference.
5. Create anchor charts of the most important procedures. As they school year progresses, you can always go back and refer to the anchor charts as needed.
6. Have students read a story about a student that doesn't follow classroom procedures, and then rewrite it. This Classroom Procedures: Practice Through Writing Resource has students read 6 short stories about students clearly not following classroom procedures. Then, the students have to rewrite it, making sure the main character follows the correct procedures. Integrate writing while reviewing classroom procedures!
7. Have students act out the correct way and the incorrect way to complete a classroom routine or procedure. Small groups can be assigned a routine to present to act out for the class.
8. Have students create a Powerpoint presentation or a Prezi explaining some of the most important classroom procedures. Or assign students a particular procedure to create slides for and then present to the class.
9. Have students create a classroom procedure foldable out of a blank sheet of paper. You can assign specific procedures for them to explain, or let students choose.
10. Have students create a song that covers the important parts of one of your classroom procedures. Assign a procedure to small groups or pairs of students, and then have them present their song to the class.
11. Use Blabberize to have students create talking pictures that explain one of your classroom procedures. This is a fun, free way to integrate technology into your classroom as early as the first week of school.
12. Have students complete a "Find the Fib" activity. They write two true statements and one fib about a classroom procedure, and see if a partner can find the fib. Read more about "Find the Fib" and get a free printable here!
13. Have students create a comic strip that goes over the important parts of one of your classroom procedures. Students can share their comic strips with the class.
14. Have students write their first "How To" paper that explains how to do one of your classroom routines properly.
15. Have students write down everything they can think of related to a procedure in one minute. See who can come up with the most details related to a procedure in the given time limit.
16. Have students compare and contrast 2 of your classroom procedures. Use a Venn Diagram a T Chart to do this - and incorporate higher level thinking the first week of school!
17. Have students teach classroom procedures to new students that enter your classroom throughout the school year. This is a great way to review classroom routines and procedures while introducing new students to your classroom.
As the school year progresses, it is important to continue to review classroom procedures. Most of the ideas listed above will help you integrate reading or writing while at the same time reviewing procedures!
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