The magic microphone is an all time classroom favorite. It can be used for a myriad of things. I often use it to pass from student-to-student. When the microphone is in a student’s hand, he/she knows it’s his/her turn to respond. It can be used to “interview” characters from a story. I have used it with CD’s, again passing the microphone around and the student responding with the appropriate state, capital, answers to multiplication questions, etc.
There’s always applause when the microphones come out.