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These ideas are FABULOUS!!! I'm going back down from 4th to 2nd grade this year and needed some fun ideas for the little ones. I don't know that I could have gotten most of my 4th graders to do some of these, but for a 2nd grader, perfect!

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Scherazade 10-25-2008 01:44 PM

Awesome ideas!

Calling all Kindergarten teachers out there... please e-mail me your suggestions... scherazades at yah00. I am just starting out and can use all the help and good advice I can get.


philliJ 07-29-2008 12:57 PM

These ideas are FABULOUS!!! I'm going back down from 4th to 2nd grade this year and needed some fun ideas for the little ones. I don't know that I could have gotten most of my 4th graders to do some of these, but for a 2nd grader, perfect!

carolinagirl3 07-25-2008 04:51 AM

Here is the one I use. It is a little long, but the children learn it quickly.

Everytime I walk in line
I stand so straight and tall
I keep my arms down by my side
they do not move at all
My head is facing forward
My eyes look straight ahead
My lips are closed
I am listening to what is said.
No one will hear me
I will be so quiet
That's how I walk in line!

sedrait 07-09-2008 10:52 AM

that I have collected thru the years. They are in color print and ready to be printed for small posters. As part of our jobs, one job is to choose the line up/hallway song/poem for the day.

Slbmom 07-09-2008 08:12 AM

This counting poem is so cute!! I am going to use it in my kindergarten room this year. Do you know where it came from?

Slbmom 07-09-2008 08:10 AM

This is so cute!! I am going to use it in my kindergarten room this year. Do you know where it came from?

FrenchBelle1 08-28-2007 12:52 AM

Hello there,

Yes, true, it is quite hard. Apparently our children will be taught more in a fun way, but we have to come up with one. I did have one a few year ago, but I have forgotton it now. Good luck with finding one.



teachkid 08-06-2006 11:15 AM

I put my hands up on my head
On my shoulders, Knees, and toes,
Way behind my back they go
Quickly in the air they fly
Now lets count them,
Down by my side they go again!

stlteacher 08-04-2006 10:50 AM

The best piece of advice I have for you is pick something and do it all the time. Make it work and don't worry about changing it up so much. My class always does best when I rely on our first routine. Other strategies don't work quite as well.

We use the My hands are hanging by my sides" song,
Also, We are waiting, We are waiting, for our friends, for our friends, to be quiet, to be quiet, quiet now, quiet now. (To the tune of Frere Jacque)

The "5 Second Test" is a big hit with my class. Sometimes I do this after the song or by itself. I tell the class that before we go into the hall, I have to test them to see if they can be quiet for 5 seconds.

When everyone is quiet, I hold one closed fist up in the air. All of the students do the same thing (make sure everyone does this before starting.) Next, if the class is quiet, I start to put one finger up at a time until I am at an open hand. The students have to watch my hand and do it at the same time. If students talk during this time, we start again. After the 5 seconds of quiet, they are ready to go in the hallway. Later in the year, I mix it up by doing funny things with the test--making fingers go up and down, wiggle around, open and shut quickly. They have to copy exactly what I do.

1stgradenew 08-03-2006 06:17 PM

In kindergarten we said:

Right hand on your hip
Left hand on your lip

The kids loved it, no one talked, and it taught right and left

heggyrik 08-03-2006 01:43 PM

During my intership year we used...

1 2 Listen and do
3 4 Face the door
5 6 Fingers on lips
7 8 Stand up straight
9 10 Let the quiet walking begin

The kids liked the marching feel and it got their attention quickly : )

Bobbi4178 08-03-2006 05:27 AM

I've turned my saying into a poster and we say it everytime we are about to leave the room, it's an acrostic poem...The first letter of each line spells out halls. The kids love it.

Hands at sides.
Always walk.
Look forward.
Lips sealed.
Stay in line.

Tigger 08-02-2006 12:55 PM

I had to think for a minute. . . my mind went blank!

My hands are straight beside my side
I'm standing very tall
I'm quietly looking straight ahead
I'm ready for the hall.

Year before last, one of my students asked if we could add "Zip, zip, zip!" as in zipping your lips to make sure there would be no talking in the hall, so we added that to the end!


Star1 08-01-2006 07:33 PM

These are just what I was looking for! Thanks so much! I can always count on this site, and the people, to help me!


hix 08-01-2006 06:51 PM

Standing in line is easy to do
when you take care of only you
Our feet face fdorward
Our hands by our sides
Our lips are closed
We walk with pride.

Socks 08-01-2006 05:46 PM

I used this in Kindergarten:

My eyes are looking forward,
I'm standing straight and tall.
I put my finger on my lip,
I'm ready for the hall!

I also remind my students (still in second grade too) to put marshmallows on their feet. They know that I don't want to hear crunchy, burnt marshmallows!

bertie 08-01-2006 01:57 PM

Sortof the same as several others, but to the tune of
"Pop Goes the Weasel"

My hands are hanging at my side
I'm standing straight and ta -all,
Eyes are looking strainght ahead
I'm ready for the ha-all

katz2006 08-01-2006 01:48 PM

Here is the Marshmallow Toes poem. I am going to use it this year.

Walking through the hallways,
Everyone quietly goes...
Being respectful all the way
Walking on our Marshmallow Toes!

nblions 08-01-2006 01:31 PM

When our hands are at our sides
We're lined up straight and tall
Mouths are closed, eyes look ahead
Then we're ready for the hall.

It's on a poster from Really Good Stuff. I bought it awhile ago. I don't know if they still have it.

ssschiess 08-01-2006 01:26 PM

We say
When we're standing straight and tall, our hands are at our sides. Eyes look ahead, mouths closed we are ready for the hall.
It works really well if you remember to do it consistently.

tish 08-01-2006 12:37 PM

I will try to find it for you.

Star1 08-01-2006 11:49 AM

Hi Teachers,

I am searching for a poem or rhyme that I can teach my first graders for entering the hallway quietly. We could say this together before entering the hallway for restroom breaks, drinks, etc... I used to know one but cannot remember it completely.

Thanks in Advance,


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