If teachers added up the amount of time that is wasted in a school day while standing in line, transitioning to specials, lunch, recess, etc., it would be quite a bit. Not to mention, behavior issues creep up many times while students wait in line because, well frankly, they get bored.
A few years ago I learned about some easy games to play with students in line that not only keep them quiet and under control, but help them learn as well. There are several, but one that is very popular with students is called Buzz.
Buzz is a math game that assists students in learning multiples, a difficult concept to teach first, second and third graders. This game makes it easy, and students will know their multiples well.
To begin, tell students they will be saying "buzz" each time a multiple of 3 (or any number, but start with lower numbers...) lands on them. So, the first student in line will begin with "1", the second student will say "2", and the third student would say, "Buzz"! The numbers would continue with the next student saying, "4", then "5", and again, "Buzz", because 6 is a multiple of 3! They love this game and do not even realize they are learning in the process.
Another fun, easy line game is called ABC Topics. Think of a concept or topic students are learning about in science or social studies. For example, life cycles, or the Civil War, or any other subject matter they have already learned about. The first in line has to think of a word that begins with the first letter of the alphabet, A. The word must be associated somehow with the chosen topic. Give the student some time, then allow other students to quietly raise their hands and help.
There are so many fun learning activities to do instead of expecting students to stand quietly in line for a period of time. This is a difficult, boring task, even for adults, would you agree?
Are there activities you do with students during this wasted time standing in line? Please share with us!