40 Fun Attention Getters

Attention getters are a great classroom management tool! Whether students are busy working in groups, on class projects, or are just plain chatty, these attention getters are not only fun, but are an effective way to get your class re-focused, so you can give instructions. 

The ideas listed are interactive. The teacher says the first phrase, and the students say the second.

Before using any of the attention getters, you’ll want to teach your students what to say and to practice responding. Some teachers like to use the same one for the whole year, while others like to switch them up after a bit. Either way works well, depending upon your students.

*** = Sung to a certain tune. You can look it up on YouTube if you aren’t familiar with the tune.

  1. Oh me!… Oh my!
  2. Shave and a haircut…Six bits! ***
  3. Macaroni and Cheese…Everybody freeze!
  4. Marco…Polo!
  5. Eeny Meeny…Miny Mo!
  6. Hear ye, hear ye…All hail the queen (or king)!
  7. WWW dot…Zip it dot com!
  8. Hands on the top…Everybody stop!
  9. Holy moly…Guacamole!
  10. Hocus Pocus…Everybody Focus!
  11. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?…SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! ***
  12. Peanut Butter…Jelly time!
  13. All eyes on me…I’m all ears!
  14. Waterfall, waterfall….Shhhhh!
  15. Hot Fudge….Sundae!
  16. Scooby Dooby Doo…Where are you? ***
  17. To infinity…And beyond!
  18. All set?…You bet!
  19. Ready to Rock?…Ready to Roll!
  20. Ready to listen?…Ready to learn!
  21. I can make your hands clap…(kids clap 6 times, like the song) ***
  22. One, two, three, eyes on me…One, two, eyes on you!
  23. And a hush fell across the room… Shhhh!
  24. Red Robin…Yummm! (Red Robin Jingle) ***
  25. Ba-da-ba-da-ba…I’m lovin’ it (McDonald’s jingle) ***
  26. Avengers….Assemble! (Superhero theme)
  27. Autobots…Roll out!
  28. May the Force…Be with you! (Star Wars Theme)
  29. Heigh-ho, heigh-ho…It’s off to work we go! (Disney’s Snow White) ***
  30. Alright, stop…Collaborate and listen! (Vanilla Ice)
  31. Wingardium…Leviosa (Harry Potter Theme)
  32. Eyes up…Back straight!
  33. L-I-S…T-E-N!
  34. Eyes up…Voices off!
  35. Zip it, lock it…Put it in your pocket!
  36. Flat tire…Shhhhh!
  37. 1, 2, 3…Freeze!
  38. Fire…birds(or any school mascot/name that works)
  39. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah…Zip-a-Dee-Ay! (Disney’s Song of the South) ***
  40. Yakety Yak…Don’t talk back! ***


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