I used the Phillip Phillips song "Home" as a transition cue today. The kiddos had till the song was over to cut out the needed materials and throw their scraps in the recycling bin. What a difference...my anxiety level as well as the kiddos was way down..And EVERYONE finished the task on time. Amazing.
In social studies the anticipatory set was a simple true false..we live in the state of Lawrence (ha ha)..we live on the southern hemisphere etc :) I ramped it up a bit by using the acti-voters (techy texting devices). I also threw in a bit of cooperative learning with round robin cconsensus before they could send in their votes.