27 Good Attention-Getters For Quieting A Noisy Classroom

Take it beyond 1, 2, 3 Eyes on Me!

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You know that point in the day when the volume starts amping up? Bring down the noise level and help your students focus with these call-and-response routines. For reach routine, we tell you what the teacher should say, and how students should respond. Kids love them, and these classroom attention-getters really work!

1. Teacher asks: “Ready to listen?”

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Students respond: “Ready to Learn!”

 

2. Teacher asks: “All set?” (Clap, clap, clap)

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Students respond: “You bet!” (Clap, clap, clap)

 

3. Teacher says: “Quiet on the set.”

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Students respond: “Action!”

 

4. Teacher says: “Surf’s up!”

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Students respond: “Shhhh!”

 

5. Teacher asks: “Ready to rock?”

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Students respond: “Ready to roll!”

 

6. Teacher says: “Hands on top.”

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Students respond: “That means stop!”

 

7. Teacher says: “Eenie Meenie…”

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Students respond: “…Minie moe!”

 

8. Teachers asks: “Ready, set?”

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Students respond: “You bet!”

 

9. Teacher says: “Chicka, chicka.”

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Students respond: “Boom, boom!”

 

10. Teacher says: “When I say PEACE, you say QUIET. Peace…”

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Students respond: “…Quiet!”

 

11. Teacher says: “Flat tire.”

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Students respond: “Pssst!”

 

12. Teacher says: “Hocus, pocus.”

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Students respond: “Time to focus!”

 

13. Teacher says: “Chugga, chugga.”

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Students respond: “Choo,choo!”

 

14. Teacher says: “Ah-go!”

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Students respond: “Ah-may!”

(West African call and response meaning: Listen! or Attention! and We are listening!)

 

15. Teacher says: “Beluga.”

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Students respond: “Psssh!”

(while bringing hands together in front of their chests and arcing them out like a whale spout)

 

16. Teacher says:  “Jazz hands.”

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Students stop everything, look at teacher and show jazz hands.

 

17. Teacher says: “Everybody listen.” (in sing-song voice)

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Students respond: “Right now!”

 

18. Teacher says: “Everybody in the house.”

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Students respond: “Is as quiet as a mouse!”

 

19. Teacher says: “Crystal.”

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Students respond: “Clear!”

 

20. Teacher says: “L-I-S…”

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Students respond “…T-E-N!”

 

21. Teacher sings: “Bum da da bum bum” (or doot doo doo doot doot or ch-ch-ch-ch-ch).

-to the tune of “Shave and a haircut-two bits.”

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Students respond: “Bum bum!” or “Doot doot!” or “Ch-ch!”

 

22. Teacher says: “Hear ye, hear ye.”

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Students respond: “All eyes on the queen! (or king!)”

 

23. Teacher says: “We are learning.”

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Students respond: “All the time!”

 

24. Teacher says: “Focus UP!”

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Students bang on desk twice and clap once in rhythm.

 

25. Teacher says: “SALAMI!”

(Code for Stop And Look At Me Immediately)

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Students respond: “On rye!”

 

Do you have a favorite call and response in your classroom? Share in the comments below!

 

Posted by Elizabeth Mulvahill

Elizabeth Mulvahill is a passionate teacher, writer and mom who loves learning new things, traveling the globe and everything Zen.

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