Subject: Civics, Social Studies

Lesson Length: 45 mins

Topic: Civics: Processes, Rules, and Laws

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will be able to explain one local policy in their community or classroom and what problem the policy or rule is intended to address.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with their classroom and school rules.


  • Ask students:
    • “Why do we have rules?”
    • “What are some consequences students face if they do not follow policies that are put into place?”
    • “What are our classroom and school policies?”
    • “What are the local policies in our community?”
    • “Who creates local policies in our community?”


  • As a class, discuss the difference between a law, policy, and rule. 
  • Create cards with one community or classroom policy/rule per card.
  • Have students form partnerships or small groups. Give each partnership or group one of the cards with a policy/rule on it. 
  • Have each group create a skit or role play to represent the policy/rule without saying the actual policy or rule aloud. The skit should highlight what problem the policy or rule is intended to help solve or address.
  • Have the students in the audience guess what the policy or rule is.
  • Have students select a policy or rule and create a comic about how it addresses a problem.


  • Have students share their comics with a partner or in small groups.
  • Tell students that today's comics highlight local and classroom policies. Understanding these rules and their purposes helps everyone follow and remind others to follow them.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Provide students with a graphic organizer, such as Draw/Plan Then Write, to map out their comic before creating.


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