Routine Essentials: Circle

Activities, Ideas & Supports for the Circle Routine

Review the activities below and then use the links to the right to download visual supports for each activity.

Activities / IdeasMaterials Provided

Circle Step-By-Step Guide 

Print out an easy reference guide for setting up circle activities in your classroom. 

  • Step-by-Step Guide

Circle Generalization Chart 

Print the generalization chart (11” x 17” paper) and post near the circle area so instructors can provide multiple opportunities for students to practice previously-learned skills.

  • Generalization Chart (11" x 17")

Circle Schedule - Group and Individual

Provide a visual sequence of circle activities for individuals or groups. Use activity icons to display information visually throughout circle time. 

  • Circle Activity Icons (Small)
  • Circle Activity Icons (Large)
  • Circle Group and Individual Schedule Tip Sheet
  • Individual Circle Schedule Template

Circle Rules

Use the circle rules chart to help students attend to circle activities and understand circle expectations.

Circle Calendar Activities

Plan and individualize daily interactive activities with visual support to help students identify days of the week, seasons, weather, and special events.

  • Calendar Tip Sheet
  • Calendar Visual Support – Dates and Years
  • Calendar Visual Support – Days of the Week
  • Calendar – Month Chart
  • Calendar Visual Support – Month Chart
  • Calendar Visual Support – Months
  • Calendar – Season Chart
  • Calendar Visual Support – Season Icons
  • Calendar – Weather Chart
  • Calendar – Weather Watch Chart
  • Calendar Visual Support – Weather Icons
  • Calendar Visual Support – Special Events

Circle Songs

Plan interactive musical activities during circle time with visual songbooks and song icons.

  • Song Icons (Small)
  • Song Icons (Medium)
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider (Español)
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Wheels on the Bus (Español)
  • Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
  • Head Shoulders Knees and Toes (Español)
  • If You're Happy and You Know It
  • If You're Happy and You Know It (Español)
  • Five Little Monkeys Finger Puppets

Circle Attendance and Job Activities

Use the “Who Is Here Today?” chart to help students practice peer identification and recognition. Use the Classroom Job Chart to collectively plan and organize students’ preferred school and classroom jobs.

  • Who Is Here Today? Chart Tip Sheet
  • Classroom Job Chart Tip Sheet
  • Who Is Here Today? Chart (8.5” x 11”)
  • Who Is Here Today? Chart (11” x 17”)
  • Who Is Here? Icons
  • Job Chart (8.5” x 11”)
  • Job Chart (11” x 17”)
  • Job Icons

Behavior Supports

Use visual supports to provide students with additional information for behavioral expectations.

  • Behavior Supports

Print All

Note: if you choose this option, please select the “single sided” and “color” print settings, as some of the lessons require color printing.

  • Print All