Classroom Management Chants- Any Ideas??

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  1. Youngteacher226

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    I noticed that there has been alot of posts regarding classroom management techniques that are now being viewed on YouTube which are great! I posted a thread earlier this week in need of ideas but got no responses. So I'm trying again.:)
    I would love any ideas on ways to get the kids attention but most importantly, ways to transition from one activity to another. I'm trying to come up with ways to chant moving from like math to science etc. Or any chants that could possibly be useful in the classroom on a daily basis. Here's one I saw on YouTube:

    Teacher: "Class!"
    Students: "Yes!"
    Teacher: "Class, class, class!"
    Students: "Yes, yes, yes!"
     
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  3. cb4pebbles

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    I found a cute one that I thought I would try this year with my 1st graders to get them lined up and quiet.

    1, 2 Listen & Do
    3, 4 Face the Door
    5, 6 Fingers on Lips
    7, 8 Line up Straight
    9, 10 Let the quiet walk begin
     
  4. missdq

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    how about..
    teacher: 1, 2, 3, eyes on me
    students: 1, 2, eyes on you

    i saw while doing my observations and i found it helpful with my 4th grade girls to get their attention.

    just remember that with any chant, u need to train and practice before u actually need it.
     
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    I used this one last year. My kids caught on quick and it was a great reminder.

    Standing in line is easy to do
    If you only take care of you
    Feet are forward
    Hands by your side
    Lips are closed
    We walk with pride
     
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    "Tootsie roll, lollipop...we've been talking now we stop!" Worked well with my kinders last year. Although, I did have to make the rule that only I could start it, or they'd want to chant it over and over.
     
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    One teacher I student taught with had a cute one when she was working on The Wizard of Oz play with some kids it went:

    Teacher: Lions and tigers and bears
    Students: Oh my!

    They liked that one.
    Also, she did:

    Teacher: May I have your attention please:
    Students: Yes you may (Speaker)

    The students also used that when they got up to speak.
     
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    When I did observation in college, a kindergarten teacher used this chant when lining up at the door:

    "We're lining up to go,
    We're lining up to go,
    Our hands our down,
    we face the front,
    and then we 'SHHH,' like so."

    (This goes in the tune of nursery rhyme, "The Farmer in the Dell.")
     
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    Does anyone recall how to start the one that ends with the students putting on their glasses with their hands and saying "now we focus"?
    I used it a few times last year and it worked like a charm, but I cannot for the life of me remember how to start it.
     
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    I really want to you this one! Thank you so much! Do you think 4th is too old for it? I think I can make it work but should I set it to music?
     
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    Young teacher, Is the chanting being done because the students are stressed out, or maybe the teacher? I'm a high school teacher with 11 years experience and I would say that chants, or the like, would probably work best at test time, along with some mints.
     
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    I have been wracking my brain, and I finally remembered.

    The teacher says "hocus pocus" while waving their finger from side to side like a wand and the kids say "everybody focus" while making glasses with their hands over their eyes.
     
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    Aw, that's cute! If I ever go back to kinder, I'll have to use that.

    Okay, this chant went with a School theme:

    Teacher: School School
    Kids: School is cool
     
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    I SEE

    Our P.E. teacher would use this one:

    Teacher: I see
    Students: What do you see
    Teacher: (would say what s/he would want to see) a straight line
    Students: Straight line, yes ma'am (and the students would quickly do what she wanted)

    She would do it also with "I hear"

    Worked like a charm for her every day. :D

    P.S. Not sure if I spelled Ma'am right - it looks funny. :p
     
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    This is similar to one that was mentioned above but slightly varied.

    Teacher: 1,2,3 eyes on me... Eyes on who?
    Children: Eyes on you!


    Also- i read this one somewhere and it seems silly but the kids actually LOVE it and respond to it sooo well.

    Teacher: 1,2,3,3,2,1 now the river's frozen still (kids freeze-- give directions etc.)
    When done teacher says, "Melt" and this signals kids to continue to do what they were doing or follow next direction.
     
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    these are great! i once heard someone at a KIPP charter school do a homework chant... does anybody have some of those?
     
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    Zoe, I did the rhyme without music. If you match it to a tune, please let me know.
     
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    I used this chant the past year.

    Teacher: Hocus Pocus
    Students: Everybody Focus

    The students would say everybody focus and put one finger over their mouth with the other hand held up high.

    I think I actually got that from this forum:)
     
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    Line Up

    When We line up, we still do the "One hand on your hip and the other on your lip". The kids love doing this, and after a while they do it without reminders. I think it's cute. I think I got that idea on this forum too.:) :)
     
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    Wow, I just remembered that Oprah show that I watched that featured Kipp Charter School. I actually have a Kipp Charter School in my city. I was amazed by the chants they did and how they got the kids involved with their learning. That's exactly what I'm looking for!!! They did chants DURING a lesson and chants during transitions from one thing to another. Can anybody fill us in on some of those types of things even if it's not from the Kipp Schools. Ideas like this would be great!:D :p
     
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    I remember one about putting your name of your paper to the tune of "If Your Happy and You Know It". Anyone know that one?
     
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    To help transition from the different subjects here a chant

    Teacher: Hey smart second graders what time is
    Students: It's math time It's math time and repeat until they are ready to start math

    or
    sing this chant together
    2,4,6,8 even numbers are so great
    3,5,7,9 odd numbers are so fine
    keep repeating until they are ready

    also music works well especially the children music Cds with children singing the latest hits--watch the TV they have a good one that you can order students would love to hear the latest hits played in the classroom but with children singing it instead of the real artist (Beyonce, Kelly Clarkston, Sean Paul, etc)
     
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    Forgot about this one for the little ones when lining up: "Finger in the air, finger in my hair, finger on my hip, finger on my lips".
     
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    I agree that teaching them to whisper correctly is key with any of these chants. I can imagine the teacher next door may get annoyed hearing these things throughout the day! LOL
     
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    My arms are down
    I do not talk
    I look straight ahead
    I am ready to walk.

    This is our line chant we use to get ourselves ready for leaving the room. We do it in different styles like Scooby Doo style or mouse style. They enjoy it.
     
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    Okay - I doubt this is it because I just made it up as I was singing Happy and You Know It but how about this:

    Put your name on your paper and the date
    Put your name on your paper and the date
    Put your name on your paper so you don't make it late
    Put your name on your paper and the date

    See this would be perfect for my kids because if they hand in a paper without their name - I mark it late while I try to figure out who's it is. :D
     
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    Jack frost, jack frost, Freeze

    everyone freezes then the teacher gives directions and then they "melt"

    very similar to the above post, but the Jack frost part works well in the beginning.
     
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    Lining Up (from Dr. Jean)

    Lining up is easy to do
    When you take care of only you
    Feet together, hands at your side
    We've got spirit, we've got pride

    Sound off
    One, Two
    Hit it again
    Three, Four
    One more time
    One, two, three, four
    Out the door!
     

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