To manage transitions in my classroom, I love to use songs. When I taught kinder and 1st grade, I used songs ALL the time: when it was time to clean up, when I wanted students to come to the carpet, and especially when we were getting ready to line up. Now that I am in 3rd grade, I still use songs when we are lining up and getting ready to leave the classroom. It really helps my students calm down and remind themselves of hallway expectations.
My mentor teacher my first year of teaching taught me this song/poem and I made it into a freebie for all of you! My students love to chant it before we leave the room. Head over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and grab yourself a copy! While you are there, feel free to rate it leave me some feedback! 🙂