Form a Circle

Goal: Offering ways for a TA to have students form a circle.

Form a Circle
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Form a Circle

Contributed by Laura Borgwardt


This is a transition activity to form a circle.


  • Oh my gosh, I can’t remember what a circle looks like!!! Can anyone help me out?! What does a circle look like? Can you show me with your body–your fingers, your arms, your mouth, etc? Great!
  • We are going to stand in a BIG circle, where everyone is part of the circle and has enough personal space so they don’t feel crowded.
  • Let’s all grab hands with our friends until we’re all connected. Look at this lovely circle. Let’s all drop our hands.
  • Oof! It still feels a little squishy…Can we all take a deep breath in and blow it out into the middle of the circle and when we do, everyone will take three steps back, and our circle will expand like when you breathe into a balloon. Ready? Breathe in…and take three steps back.
  • This is an AMAZING circle! I can see everyone and it looks like we all have our own personal space.

Transition into Activity

This is a transition activity

Transition out of Activity

Continue with the activity with everyone standing in a circle.

Classroom Arrangement


Supports/Adaptive Materials/Tools

  • Practice getting into a circle from different positions in the room–from our desks, from spread around the classroom, from sitting on the rug.
  • Add an element of time to see how quickly and quietly we can get into our circle.
  • Add a visual timer so we can see how much time we have left, or play a short piece of music that by the end of, we need to be in our best circle.
  • Use polyspots or tape on the floor to denote the circle. Tape will allow a different number of students to be part of the circle each time. Polydots or tape x’s will help the students find personal space.
  • Hold up a visual of a circle. When you say, “Let’s form a circle,” point to your visual. You can also make a circle with your hands/body as a visual.
  • If physical touch isn’t useful, don’t have the students hold hands, or have them hold two different ends of small scarves. This will also allow them to have a bit more space (a modification that can also make the Human Knot game much easier!).

Role of the Teachers and Paraprofessionals

  • Model
  • Hold up visuals

Remote Adaptation

If you were trying to get folks into a specific order, you could help them reorder the boxes on their zoom screen (if they have the updated version); or you can have them type their names in the chat to create a stacked order.

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5 mins