Has anyone else found some success with using popular songs as a timer for "mundane" activities in the classroom?
I tried using the song "Fireflies" by Owl Moon (with lyrics, without lyrics) as an auditory timer for students who were cutting out their word sorts and it worked like a charm. There seemed to be less chatter, more quiet focus. The task was also completed faster compared to when I just put my online timer up on the screen during the previous week.
One final benefit: There is something eerily peaceful about listening to a class of fifth graders whispering along with a song like this.
I'd love your suggestions if anyone has any...