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I would like to make phonics whisper phones to use with my second grade class this year. Does anyone have instructions to make them using pvc piping?


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instructions for whisper phone
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and other things made with PVC for the classroom on this site

http://www.pre-kpages.com/pvc.html

(scroll down to find the whisper phone instructions)
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I have them and I don't like them at all. I wish I could mail mine to you!! I don't know how to make them but good luck! =)
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So simple
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You just need PVC pipe cut to about 5-6 inches. Then, buy the elbows that go with diameter of the PVC pipe and stick one on each side. Some directions will say you need to glue them--you don't.

I've used mine for two years, they've been through the dishwasher many times, and they've never come loose.

The pipe is very cheap, the elbows can be the most expensive part--look at the home improvement store for the elbows in bulk (they'll come in a plastic bag) to save a little money.

I numbered mine, and my students have numbers so they each have a whisper phone. They've helped tremendously with improving my students' fluency.
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pre made ones
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I just saw them (colorful premade version) in Really Good Stuff magazine- less than $5 each.


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Price of making them
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They won't be colorful (altho you could probably by the Krylon Fusion spray paint...) they are a lot cheaper than in the catalogs.

I think the elbows were about 30-40 cents each, and the pipe is only a dollar or two for the long piece.

You can make each one for less than $1.00
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http://www.phonicsphone.org
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Hi!
I got mine here! Less hassle and basically the same price as making them if you can get another teacher to go in on it... http://www.phonicsphone.org
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How do you get kids not to just goof off with them? My kiddos are usually very respectful with books, listening centers, science/math manipulatives...but they just go wild with my whisper phones. They make dumb noises into them (farting noises, which make everyone laugh), they "pop" them on their hands or the floor or just pretend they are talking on the phone to a friend. I bought them with the best intentions, but feel they were a management nightmare. Any suggestions?
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quite honestly
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I don't use them. I model and have the kids practice how to sit eye to eye and knee to knee. It also helps to have them sitting in chairs to do this. Have the students positioned so that they are side by side, yet facing each other in chairs. Then, we practice using whisper or soft voices to a partner. I pair a fluent reader with one that needs fluency practice and they take turns reading to each other. Lots of praise for expected behaviors does wonders in the beginning and they love reading to each other like this.
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:42 AM
 
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I even use mine when I am lecturing on a new skill. I have them repeat a definition in their whisper phone-- ie- "A noun is a person, place, or thing"
I think they're great.
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Whisper Phone brand
Old 08-21-2006, 02:16 PM
 
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I ordered some last year that are hands free and the kids love them. I love them for the fact that students want to be uninteruptedwhile reading (sp) and inturn don't interupt others. THey are great for early readers who still read out loud and for my title readers as well! They can even go in the dishwasher for quick sterilization!
http://www.whisperphone.com/
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Phonic Phones at Crystal Springs Books
Old 08-25-2006, 06:29 PM
 
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These are whisper phones for $2.50 a piece. If you buy 24, the cost is $2.00 a piece. I did purchase a class set a few years ago. I use them mostly as a choice for independent reading, or during a reading test if students need to read the passage to themselves, and hear the words. It is rare that all students are using the whisper phones at once, so I probably would have been fine ordering half the amount. It depends what you are intending to use them for. As mentioned in some previous replys, some teachers use them with class activities. Here is the link to the "phonic phones"

http://www.crystalspringsbooks.com/p...sp?number=6316
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The pvc piping is much more difficult to use in the real setting with children, as one of their hands needs to be occupied holding it. The Whisper phone that attaches with a headset to the child's head is so much easier and more managable to use. The cost after you make several is not that much more expensive. I purchased ours thru a company called Adaptations for $7.95. I would highly recommend this brand over the others, as I have tried the other brands, and the pvc pipe.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:42 AM
 
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I make and sell the whisper phones using pipe. E-mail me at
briannehoward27 at gmail dot com for more information. I use these
in my classroom and the kids love them!
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