Kindergarten Behavior Review Lesson

After a long winter break and a holiday weekend in January, it’s always a good idea to spend a little time reviewing behavior expectations. Kids get out of practice and have been at home where routines and expectations vary, so spending time reviewing gives them a leg up for academic and social success in a new semester. Keep reading to find how I do this in my Kindergarten behavior expectations lesson!

Kindergarten Behavior Expectations Lesson: how we review academic and success behavior expectations after a long winter break!

Kindergarten Behavior Expectations Lesson

1 – Familiar Focus Activity

To set them up for success, I do a familiar activity to get them focused. For us, it’s Make a Rainstorm. This is a mindfulness activity that my students have done at our Mindful Monday morning assembly. I want to offer them something familiar so that they can feel connected and successful immediately instead of trying to teach them something new right out of the gate. For this activity, we use these movements to make the sounds of a rainstorm (it starts out slow, intensifies, and then slows back down):

  • wind: rub hands together
  • rain: pitter patter hands on legs
  • thunder: stomp 4 times
  • lightning: clap overhead

2 – Story

Next, we read The Way I Act to highlight positive actions. For each page, I ask for 1 student volunteer to give an example of a way they have shown that character trait at school before.

Kindergarten Behavior Expectations Lesson: how we review academic and success behavior expectations after a long winter break!

3 – Instruction

First, we review our schoolwide expectations (this will obviously be different everywhere). Then, we break it down into 2 categories:

  • Awesome Actions: help everyone feel safe and welcome, help self and others learn
  • Bummer Behaviors: make others feel unsafe or unwelcome, make it hard for self and others to learn

4 – Game Review

Finally, we play Behavior BINGO. I call out a behavior, students tell me if it is an Awesome Action or Bummer Behavior. If it is an Awesome Action, they cover it on their BINGO card. If it’s a Bummer Behavior, they don’t cover it. We celebrate the winner with rain pitter-patters!

Kindergarten Behavior Expectations Lesson: how we review academic and success behavior expectations after a long winter break!

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