Remember Goofus and Gallant? The old cartoons in Highlights for Children demonstrated proper (and improper ) behavior. Teach your students about Goofus and Gallant, then create skits and cartoons to illustrate do’s and dont’s for the classroom.
Goofus and Gallant activities can be as elaborate or simple as you wish. Whatever your speed, start by showing your students what the original was like. Click here for Goofus and Gallant archives going back to 1959. After a few examples, your class will be well-versed in the Goofus & Gallant format.
Now, have some fun! Brainstorm classroom procedures that could benefit from the Goofus & Gallant treatment. Assign them to groups of 2-4 students and challenge kids to create 20 second Goofus & Gallant demonstrations for the class. Your students will have a great time creating and performing these skits.
You can also ask students to make Goofus & Gallant comic strips.
Don’t limit Goofus & Gallant to the classroom. Rules and procedures for many school activities make good Goofus & Gallant topics.
- Before & after school
- Bus, parent dropoff & pickup, walkers, bike riders, etc.
- Social skills: making friends, interacting with adults on campus, getting along with the family, etc.