Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fun Transition Chant

     Transition times can be challenging for many reasons.  One thing I have found to be really helpful is to transition to music or chants that I say or we say together.  So, today I wanted to share a quick transition chant with you that works well when going from whole group to independent work at tables/desks.

Teacher says:   1, 2, 1, 2, 3 Looking for a ready table, who could it be? 
                        (call on a table to go that looks ready)
                        4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Green table transition, please don't be late!

                        Purple table, purple table, who could you be.  
                        Walk to your table quietly.

    You can repeat the transition for as many tables as you have.  The chant is easily adaptable to fit different classrooms.  You could use the word "group" instead of table.  If they are going to centers, the last line might be, "Purple table, purple table, who could you be.  Walk to the listening center quietly."
The possibilities are endless! And, they love showing you that they are ready to go in hopes of being the next table called.

How do you help your students transition smoothly?

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