Series: Five Essential Practices for the Teaching of ELLs - Elementary

The Line Up Strategy
Lesson Objective: Use music to encourage students to line up
Grades Pre-K-5 / All Subjects / Management

Thought starters

  1. How does music help students focus on the task?
  2. How does music make the line up routine more like a game?
  3. How could you imagine using this strategy in your own classroom?
23 Comments

Love It! Definitely borrowing :)

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This is a really great technique especially for younger kids. It also gives them a sense of responsibility and independence.

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I love this idea and I think in can work and be exciting for the younger students. I just wonder if kids in 4th and 5th grade would be as excited as the little onese seem. Also, would it be days, or weeks when you would switch out the song so the kids don't begin to ignore it? 

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I think that this idea is really useful for the classroom! Kids usually do have a hard time cleaning up and getting ready to go somewhere, and the song is useful in helping the transition. The children usually know the jeopardy song and know it has to do with competition. 

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Children tend to be so competative when it comes to challanges like this one, which is why it is such a good idea! I also ove the Jeopardy song so great choice of a song to use.

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Transcripts

  • The Line Up Strategy Transcript

    Speaker 1: Middle row, line up for lunch.

    Lining up has always been a problem. You know,

    The Line Up Strategy Transcript

    Speaker 1: Middle row, line up for lunch.

    Lining up has always been a problem. You know, facing forward, not having a conversation.

    Oh, here we go first row.

    I found the Jeopardy game tune and I told the children, "If you can line up by the time that this is done, you've done you're job."

    How are we doing? Our musics playing.

    The minute they hear: Dah, Dah, Dah. They are like little robots. They love this game.

    Finn, are we ready? Are you a caboose, Finn?

    For six months of this year, I've been struggling with lining them up, and literally in one day, I've got them lining up.

    You're almost done.

    Looking ahead, once the Jeopardy tune wears out, I'll pick another game tune that they are familiar with and we'll use that one.

    Excellent, Jeopardy players, let's go. Have a nice lunch. Good job.

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