Attention Getters are must-haves for young learner classes. Think about it: You've sent students to work in small groups or with partners. It's time to call their attention back to you for further directions or a change in activity. How will you get their attention? This seems like such a small issue, but it's NOT! You need multiple tools in your toolbox in order to handle this smoothly because you will do it multiple times every day.
Below you find a selection of nice chants to grab attention for young learners:
Teacher: Hocus pocus – Students: everybody focus
Teacher: Macaroni and cheese – Students: everybody freeze
Teacher: All set- Students: you bet!
Teacher: Hands on top – Students: everybody stops
Teacher: ABC –Students: Easy as 123
Teacher: Scooby Dooby Doo – Students: Where are you?
Now, some other handy techniques:
The quiet spray!: you spray the ROOM to signal children to get quiet. Or you can just leave the bottle empty and spray a child!
Give me five: raise your open hand in the air without saying anything. Your students then put their hand in the air too. Start counting down on your fingers (not saying anything, just moving your fingers) and your students will follow along just moving their fingers. Teach them that by the time your are making a fist (representing zero) everyone should be quiet and looking at you.