I designed this transition system when I realized my class spent more time moving from one table to the next than they spent engaged in the learning activities! It is now my favorite procedure in the classroom! Students follow their ticket to the correct table and double instructional time. They take pride in their tickets and parents love this added responsibility and organization.
How Does it Work?
I simply place 3 colored cups around the room and students have individualized tickets that show them how to rotate through each station. I set a timer and when it rings, students grab their tickets out of the cups and move to the next colored cup on the list. It is so easy and saves tons of time! This system works great for general and special education. If you laminate the tickets, you can cross out completed stations for added support (although my preschoolers have learned to follow their cards independently and no longer wander about in confusion).
I designed individualized tickets for 3, 4, 5, or 6 stations. Both a PDF and PowerPoint file are included so you can print and glue children’s pictures or edit them on the computer. The beginning pages explain how to use this transition system and list teacher tips for success. In addition, I created an overview that shows how the groups rotate. This poster may be helpful for the students to understand the process, but I mostly use it for my own reference. I specifically use it to write out students’ names and arrange the groups.
Once you print, cut, and laminate, these station tickets will be ready to go for an entire year! Purchase colored party cups at the store or wrap construction paper around small containers to place at each station. I use these tickets every day, but also found them helpful for parent interaction days and class parties when students rotate from table to table. Transitions have never been so easy!
You may be interested in a similar system that uses animals and shapes: Classroom Transition Tickets Animal Shapes