5th Grade NYS Learning Standard CITIZENSHIP AND CIVIC LIFE: Constitutions, rules, and laws are developed in democratic societies in order to maintain order, provide security, and protect individual rights. This is an example of a "classroom constitution" made together as a class. It allows your students to become more comfortable as a learning community. Also students are more inclined to follow and not break their own rules rather than rules that the teacher sets.
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Classroom Layout: Students' binders and individual schedules are right next to to the door when they walk in so that the first thing they do in the morning is grab their binder and go to their desk. This is also where they leave their take home folders.