Sunday, January 27, 2013

Free Attention Grabbers for your Classroom

Mrs. B’s Attention Grabbers:
You can use these when you are lining up the class, so all the kids on line are ready to leave the room. They have one last chance to say something silly and then it’s quiet on the line. But it can also be used for transitions- when they are returning to their seats or coming to sit on the rug. The idea behind this is similar to the Whole brain Teaching model of Class, Yes! Although, I have been using these for quite some time-before I heard of WBT. My kids really like it and expect it when we are lining up.
Here is an example:  I do 3 or 4 different ones, and try to make it quick.  Once they have the idea, I don’t always use the “I say, you say.”  They remember it (it’s a good memory game too)!
Teacher Statement in Blue.  Student’s response in RED.
“I say peanut butter, you say jelly”
Peanut Butter------Jelly
Peanut Butter-------Jelly
“I say Banana, you say split”
Banana -------Split
“I say Charlie, you say Brown”
“I say Quiet, you say sshhh”(put finger on lip)
Quiet ------sshhhh
Quiet ------sshhhh
And we are ready to go!
Here are some more examples that roll off the tongue fairly easily
I say …………………….       You say…………………….
Peanut ButterJelly
Banana ---Split
Ice Cream Sundae
Charlie ---Brown
I will also use material that we are working on or vocabulary words and  synonyms  to learn meaning
for example:
I posted these on TPT in case you'd like a digital copy here.
What are some things you do in your classroom, to get your student's attention? I'd love to hear your ideas.


  1. Lovvvve those ideas! My kids always respond to the quick and quirky attention getters. My littles love these two...

    "Hocus Pocus" then they say, "everybody focus"

    They also love when I say "Rock and" and they say "roll" while moving their arms in a wave motion!

    Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas Jessica :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your attention grabbers. I am always looking for new ways to get their attention. They like variety and so do I! :)

    One I do a lot is I kind of sing, "Kindergarten" and they reply "Yes, Ms. Pauley". I know its really Mrs. Pauley, but Ms. Pauley just seems to fit in better with the tune...ha!

    I also do "1,2,3, eyes on me" and they reply "1,2, eyes on you!"

    I just downloaded it from TpT....thanks! :)

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten


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