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Hi All- Does anyone have any good suggestions for talking about different voice levels...something concrete that is easy for the students to understand? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!


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In my school we have a Voice Scale. I think it comes from a book called the Incredible 5 point scale.

We have posters all over the school as well as one in each classroom. You can hear all the teachers using the same lingo
"We're in the hall , lets use a #1 voice"

The Voice Scale

#5 Screaming Voice (pic of a person screaming) only use in an emergency

#4 Loud Voice(pic of kids playing) use in playground or gym

#3 Classroom voice (pic of children talking in classroom) This is a regular voice

#2 Whisper voice (pic of children whispering in ear) during partner time or group/club work

#1 Quiet voice (pic of kids with finger over lips) no talking at all. firedrills, in hallways, etc

Its very effective in our school
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For read to self with my kinders, I'm using "your 2-finger voice", which I picked up from someone at a workshop this summer. You have the kids talk and put two fingers on their throats. They can feel the vibrations of their vocal cords. Then you have them use their "two-finger voice"--a true whisper, which is voiceless. The kids can't feel any vibrations with their fingers on their throats when they are using their "2-finger voice". Read to self has been the quietest time imagineable!
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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I've posted this many times before, but this time I made it larger to print out as two pages that can be joined together with glue. I also changed some of the titles and graphics.

Maybe it will help. If not, you can change it to fit your level.

Whenever I introduce it, I always have my students demonstrate what it might sound like for each level so that everyone comes to an agreement about what each level means.
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I love that idea! Thanks for sharing. I need something like this for my kiddos


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this poster has great clip art for
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Kinder kids to understand!!! thank you
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I love the poster and plan to use it this year...thanks!
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I saw in another classroom a megaphone with voice levels on it. The less words the better for our little ones. 1=no talking 2=whisper 3=working 4=playing 5=emergency This works even for the playground as when kids get too crazy, I can remind them that I thought there was an emergency and need to hear playing voices. Good luck
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Thank you all for your ideas!! They are great!
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I really think this will really help my kids. Seatwork time has been rough at moments. I have so many students and it tends to get loud. Thanks for sharing.
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I use the term marshmallow voices. You can give each student a marshmallow and let them describe how it feels and how it sounds.
when we line up to leave we use marshmallow voices and students hold a marshmallow in their mouths and are quiet.
During work station time the marshamallow is quiet and soft talking to partner.
So far so good with my kindergarteners.
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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Thanks for sharing! I love your poster! Great visuals!
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