At the beginning of the year I teach my 5th grade students that when I say, "Give me three!" that they are to hold up their hand and put up one finger at at time and say Stop! Look! Listen!. I remind them that they are to Stop what they are doing, Look at me and Listen. After a couple weeks practice out loud they then are to only count three with their fingers raised when I say "Give me Three!". Our 5th and 6th grade center school has used this call to attention for many years and it is very effective. I also use a set of chimes and a slide whistle (their favorite!) to change things up every now and then.
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