When transitions go awry, it takes valuable class time to get students focused and ready to learn. That is why many educators use playful activities to keep students smiling and ready to transition back into the classroom.
Here are five effective transitions:
Sequence Touch. Give students two or more objects to touch and a way to move, such as “like a turtle”, on the way to your destination. More on sequence touch here.
Spies. Explain what a spy is, and have everyone walk down the hallway as sneakily as possible, tiptoeing past doorways and ducking under windows. As you reach the classroom, everyone makes a collective sigh—"whew!"—while wiping their hands across their foreheads.
Heart Rate. Teach everyone how to find their pulse and count beats to calculate their heart rate. Have every student take their heart rate while walking to the classroom.
Animals. Pretend to be frogs who must walk quietly so the alligators don’t get them.
Running Through the Forest. Lead the students on a pretend run through the forest, jumping over imaginary logs, ducking under branches, swimming through a pond, and running from animals. This can be done standing in line as you wait for a teacher or walking to class like a game of follow the leader. More ideas for this game here.
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