Call and Response – Art Classroom Behavior Ideas

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Call and response example of a group of 6 students wearing different brightly colored shirts.  The students are all gathered by a white table and have hands in the air and smiles on their faces.  The text says, "Art Room Attention Getters."

 
 

Here’s a list of “Call & Response” attention-getters.


I say, Mona … They say, Lisa!

I say, Van … They, say Go!

(This can work for any artist that you are studying!)

 

I say, Macaroni & cheese … They say, FREEZE! (and freeze)

I say, 1…2…3…eyes on me … They say, 1…2…eyes on you!

I say, Red Yellow Blue … They say, I hear you!

I say, Tootsie Roll, Lollipop … They say, We were talking, now we stop!

 
I say, Ready to Rock! … They say, Ready to Roll!
 
I say, Hocus Pocus! … They say, Ready to Focus!
 

 

Use Movement!

 
I say, Moose’s up! … They *make moose antlers with their hands*
 
I say, Take your hands and open up your listening ears … They *pretend to open their ears*

 

I say Everyone stop … They say Put your hands on top! *put their hands on their heads*

I say, Give me 5! (and put my hand in the air) … They *put their hands in the air*

This is a good one if you have a hearing-impaired student. For this one, it’s also good to have “5 things” that you are looking for.  
Here is one example:
  • Eyes
  • Mouths
  • Ears
  • Hands
  • Brains
I say, Show me the Mona … They *sit up straight with their hands in their lap (like Mona)*
 
I say, Freeze … They *freeze mid-motion*
 
I say, Edvard Munch … They say, The Scream *pose with mouth open and hands on the side of their heads*
 
 
Help me make this list longer!  Do you have a call and response that works for you?  Share it in the comments and I will add it to the list. 

Bonus if it is art-related!

You might also be interested in my blog post about Class Rewards for Good Behavior in Art and Attention Getters in the Art Classroom

 

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Remind yourself and others of the social and emotional benefits of art. This is a great graphic to include in parent newsletters or display in your room.

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Stacey Peters

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