I've always used them a little differently. I picked the 5 most important (to me) things I want the kids to do in my classroom, and just figured out the rhythm of the words. On the first day when we go over them, I actually like to get a little body percussion round going on with all of the rules. I'll split up the class and have them start on different rules. I also use them whenever I need a simple ostinato for a song. They are also great for preparing syncopation (the last 2 rules). I've even had the kids transfer them to instruments on my Orff-inspired days.
My rules are:
Stay in your seat (even if your seat is on the floor)
Raise your hand and wait your turn
I made a pdf file of these rules that you can get for free on Teachers Pay Teachers here: Jaylene Scott music rule posters. I made them both with and without the music notation, so you could use them in other subjects, or figure out your own notation - or make the students do it!
Here's a preview: