Different Voice Levels

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  1. pwhatley

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    Something I've tended to struggle with is getting my kids to use different voice volumes (whisper voice, indoor voice, outdoor voice, etc.). I've kind of been looking for a graphic so I can make a reminder poster... any ideas?
     
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    Our 4th grade teacher had a really good idea for that. She had reading stations and at one of them the kids spun a spinner and it would give them an emotion (angry, sad, etc) or a volume, and they would have to read a page with a partner using that expression. It was good practice to get them in the habit of using different voices, especially for kids who weren't doing it at all. Obviously, later on you'd want to move on to expressions in the right places to fit with the text.
     
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    Get out a ruler...show kids how big one inch is...a partner voice should be a "one inch" voice...you could use different measurements for different 'size' voices.:D
     
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    good idea, czacza! Now I just need to put it on a poster so I can just point once I have them "trained" lol
     
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    I use a stop light sign and move a clothes pin to inform the children of my expectations. Red is silent, yellow is really quiet conversation, and green is regular conversation. I just move the clothes pin when I am changing the levels.
     
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    Here are some examples I've come across:

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    I had a really good one bookmarked that I can't find at the moment. But it ranked volume levels 1-5 and the teacher was able to refer to the volume number.
     
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    Wow, thanks, MissAnt!
     
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    Thank you for asking this question pwhatley. I always have an issue with this as well. Also, thanks to those of you who responded. I will definitely be re-training my kids this year using some of these ideas!
     
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    I observed one teacher that practiced every morning during her morning circle and music time. They had a song that included each level and the kids really had a good time getting into the music mode but at the same time they were practicing it as a group. Then I'm sure the teacher used the terms from the song throughout the day to reinforce it. For the really loud one, they even picked up a few instruments and really gave it their all. What kid could resist that?! I think the whole thing was maybe 3 minutes long but you could tell by the time I saw it that it was very much part of their routine.
     
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    Miss Ant, I have to say your first example makes me smile. I am the one who originally came up with those labels for Whole Brain Teaching's Volume-O-Meter. I shared them with Dr. Marcia Tate several years ago and have seen them come up in a variety of different formats since then. It is nice to know folks like them as much as I do, and I still use these.
     
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    C.H.A.M.P.S. classroom management guide/book has a great foundation for noise control.
     
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    I really like your labels, they were the reason I bookmarked that example.
     
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    What was the song?
     
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    Hahah, I would have included it if I knew it. I'm a deaf teacher so I didn't think to ask for the name.
     
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    I see. Maybe I can find it on youtube.
     
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    Nice room, Pigeon! It's huge! Love the sign, too!
     
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    I used the one with the megaphone and magnetic arrow with 4th & 5th music classes. I liked it b-c it was magnetic. I had my asst. for the day in charge of moving the magnet.



    If you google voice level charts you'll see lots of examples.
     
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    Just came across this thread as I was searching for a noise level chart--- I realize that this thread is over a year old, but MissAnt or PowerTeacher, do you know where I could get a copy of the first poster (Normal Formal, Spy Talk, etc.)? I've been searching online but can't seem to find anywhere where I could purchase one.

    Thanks!!
     
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    I don't know where the poster was purchased, but I found a free download on Teachers Pay Teachers that is very similar. Just search for "volume level." It will be the second item listed in the search results.
     
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    Perfect! Thanks.
     
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    If you're on pinterest try looking there, I feel like I've seen a lot of noise meter ideas on there.
     

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