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We, the students of Mrs. Pipes’ class, in order to make our classroom a perfect place to learn, promise to work together as a team and help each other. We will work hard by listening to our teachers and our classmates, stay engaged in our learning, come to class prepared with our homework, and always try our best.
On Monday, September 17, 2012 was Constitution Day. Mrs. Pipes’ fourth grade class took this day as an opportunity to learn about the importance of the Constitution and to figure out the big idea of what it means. Since the Constitution uses some really big words the students had to work together in teams to think of it in a much simpler way. “It is like written promises” Mahogany Perry said.
Mrs. Pipes remembers as a student herself that learning about the Constitution was tricky. “I thought the big words in the Constitution were too hard to understand. I want my students to see that they can understand the big ideas of the Constitution and that even though it was written so long ago it still makes sense to us now.”
After students realized that the Constitution is like a list of rules and promises they decided to create their own Classroom Constitution. Students worked together to write rules and promises that they were going to follow so that the classroom would be a perfect place to learn. Everyone signed their name which was pledging to promise to follow the rules they came up with themselves.
The Classroom Constitution is hanging proudly in Mrs. Pipes’ room. It will serve as a daily reminder to everyone in the class that we have the right to come here to learn and feel safe. This activity was a great way to promote classroom community. The students are learning to think of this classroom as a team that will come together and take action for learning for ourselves as well as others.
Written by: Karen Pipes, 4th Grade Teacher
Posted: Sep 28, 2012 by Jennifer Williams