ME: 1-2-3, eyes on me.
CLASS: 1-2, eyes on you.
ME: (clap, clap, clap-clap, clap)
If you have a smart phone or tablet, get an app called
ClassCue. You set it up ahead of time with different musical
cues. You name the cues and set up a piece of music for that
cue. For an example from my class, I use one of the themes
from Charlie Brown for Time to Rotate. Kids know when they
hear that music, it's time to put away whatever they are
doing and get ready for another activity. All you need is the
app and whatever music you have on CD or iTunes.
Fun activities that are educational:
On YouTube (assuming you have a way to show a YouTube video
to the entire class, such as iPad/doc camera or laptop/doc
camera) there are many GREAT videos. Some of my students'
favorites include Jack Hartmann's videos, and for Science are
the ones labeled "All Things Animals TV".
Singing and Music works for any class. If you have a
reasonable voice, sing with them! If you don't, grab some
good music for kids -- the Wee Sing CD's and videos are
pitched up in the kindergarten voice range. (I'm a former
music teacher so I'm fussy about that.) Get some rhythm
sticks and instruments, play some music with a great beat,
and let them just play the instrument to the beat.