Attention getters are chants, rhymes or songs to get kids listening or quiet down a group. They are a huge help with classroom management. Also, attention getters in Spanish, or consignas, can be a fun, easy way of incorporating more language into limited class time. If you have favorite attention getters in Spanish, please share in comments!
There are many kinds of attention getters. Some involve rhythms and clapping, but I use rhymes or songs with words because I want the kids to produce as much Spanish as possible. Lots of attention getters are call and response, but you can also have everyone join in and say them together.
For my youngest students I keep Spanish attention getters very simple and make sure they know what we are saying. First, we practice them as a group. Then they pretend to be talking and not listening, and we try it. This is fun because, of course, they are listening extra closely.
Download a printable version of the attention getters.
Attention Getters in Spanish
Maestr@ – Clase, clase
Estudiantes – Sí, sí
Maestr@ – Hola, hola
Estudiantes – Caracola
Maestr@ – Uno, dos, tres, ojos a mí
Estudiantes – Uno, dos, tres, ojos a ti (a usted).
Maestr@ – Atención (clap as you say the syllables)
Estudiantes – Por favor (students clap as they say the syllables)
Maestr@ – Zapato zapatito
Estudiantes – Dejo de hablar poquito a poquito.
Maestr@ – Denme cinco
Estudiantes – Por favor (as they raise their hands)
Maestr@ – Denme cinco
Estudiantes – Boca cerrada, miro y escucho (holding up one finger for each word)
Maestr@ – Hada hada
Estudiantes – Ahora no digo nada.
Maestr@ -¿Qué te pasa, Calabaza?
Estudiantes – Nada, nada, Limonada.
Maestr@ – Porque sí, porque no
Estudiantes – Calladito me quedo yo
Maestr@ – Serrucho serrucho
Estudiantes – A mi maestra escucho
Maestr@ – Pez, pez
Estudiantes – A callar esta vez
Maestr@ – Tapa, tapita, tapón.
Estudiantes – Cierro la boca ¡Ya está!
You can do the next two all together:
Levanto una mano,
levanto la otra,
me cruzo de brazos
y cierro la boca
(Sing to the tune of Are you sleeping?)
como la lechuza
Shh, shh, shh.
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