I like to maximize instructional time and minimize transitions. In fact, truth be told, I HATE transitions. I understand that they are important when moving from one academic subject to the next. They give students' brains and bodies time to prepare for what's next. I am a big fan of brain breaks during academic transitions.
But..what about the transition to lunch or recess? I don't see the need to use any more class time than necessary for these transitions. The learning time is just too valuable! When I want my students to move very quickly from their space to a "moving line" (a line that starts moving out the door as quickly as it is formed) I use this chant to help create a sense of urgency.
I'm not even sure where I got it, but I've been using it for years. I say 2, 4, 6, 8 and the students make a quick and quiet line and we move seamlessly (usually) out the door. It's great for fire drills, too! Since we use it every day, the students have memorized it. I gave them a copy for their fluency folder to practice during read to self. Download the fastest transition ever and get a few extra minutes to read to your class!