Transitions Are Helped by Lineup Strategies

Fun techniques to get kids to line up quickly and quietly will help transitions.
Getting kids to line up quietly without disruption helps transitions.

Transitions are important to maintain a positive learning environment in the classroom. Getting kids to line up quietly without disruption can sometimes be difficult. Therefore, it’s beneficial for teachers to have a variety of techniques in their toolbox to manage transitions in an efficient way. These techniques will also help build your students listening skills, vocabulary skills, and problem-solving ability.

8 strategies to line up to help student transitions

  • Create additional line jobs- Making other jobs as important as line leader can make more kids feel special (e.g. caboose, door holder, line leader, important paper holder).
  • Assign each student a number – Have each student choose a number from a deck of numbers and line up in that order. Be sure to explain the idea of randomness.
  • Alphabetical order – By last name or first name.
  • Various categories – Some suggestions include hair color, shirt color, eye color, pets, siblings, birth order, favorite sport, favorite ice cream flavor, birthday other, types of shoes etc.
  • Make it a listening game – Ex. “I’m thinking of a person that ______”. The more specific you get the faster it is to line up. Kids love it!
  • Draw Daily Numbers – Use popsicle sticks, poker chips, or a deck of cards to determine order.
  • Treat additional positions in line as important – Yeay, you’re 3rd in line today. Who is 6th? This helps diminish the spotlight on being “first”. Event experienced – Give examples of experiences e.g. rode in a car today, rode on a bus, or having hot lunch today Be careful not to choose a topic that creates a competitive scenario. (e.g. Have gone to Disney World)

Try some of these fun ideas with your students and see which ones work best for your class.  You’ll soon be lining them up quickly and quietly and creating learning opportunities.   

Try some of these fun ideas with your students and see which ones work best for your class.  You’ll soon be lining them up quickly and quietly and creating learning opportunities.   

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