Offers a clever exercise in reading comprehension and writing about personal experiences. Students discuss Clifford's First Day of School, and then create a book about their own first day of school.
- Follow step-by-step directions
- Be able to list the four classroom rules
- Be able to respond that rules are important because they keep us safe
- Clifford Goes to Dog School by Norman Bridwell
- Chart paper and markers
- Red construction paper, long enough to wrap around students' heads, one sheet per student
- White construction paper, one sheet per student
- Tongue depressors, one per student
- Classroom rules, either your own or the following, typed and printed on white paper:
Our Classroom Rules:
1. Be a friend.
2. Listen to the teacher.
3. Raise your hand.
4. Clean up messes.
Type and print copies of the rules for each student. You may want to cut off excess paper around the text.
Step 1: Read Clifford Goes to Dog School by Norman Bridwell with your class.
Step 2: List the mischief that Clifford gets into on a piece of chart paper.
Step 3: Discuss what rules are, and note that they keep us safe. As a class, brainstorm the rules Clifford should follow if he went to your school.
Step 4: List and explain these examples of class rules (or rules of your own):
- Be a friend.
- Listen to the teacher.
- Raise your hand.
- Clean up messes.
Step 5: Have students cut a strip from the red construction paper, about two inches wide. Have students staple the ends together to create a ring for the headband.
Step 6: Ask students to draw two long dog ears onto the red construction paper and cut them out. Then have students staple or glue the ears to either side of the headband.
Step 7: Have students draw a large bone shape on a piece of white construction paper, then cut it out and glue it to the tongue depressor. The tongue depressor should act like a handle.
Step 8: Have students glue the typed rules sheet to the bone.
Step 9: Have students wear the headband and hold the rules. You may want to have them practice reciting the rules to each other.
- Review the consequences for not following classroom rules.
- Read more books about Clifford's school experiences:
- Clifford's First School Day by Norman Bridwell
- Take Me to School With You! by Norman Bridwell and Sonali Fry
- Clifford's Best School Day by Quilan B. Lee
- Clifford Big Red Reader: Time for School by Gail Herman
Have students recite the classroom rules to three people in their home and explain how to follow each rule.
- Were most students able to follow directions?
- Who can't cut with scissors?
- Was the speed of the activity too much for some students?
- What would I change next time I do this?
Students will be able to recite and explain the four classroom rules.