During my first few years of teaching, I struggled with a consistent approach to regulating voice volume in the classroom. Even though I repeatedly demonstrated different voices, and had students follow suit, no one was quite sure exactly what voice to use when. Not enough understood a "Number Five Voice," or a "Ten Inch Voice." It was especially challenging in kindergarten where scale and measurement were elusive to most.
I wanted to create a universally appealing and understandable voice chart. I decided that animals were some of the most recognizable things in a children's world.
Considering size, I put an elephant at the top of the chart to represent a Presenting Voice.
A bird is a Conversational Voice.
A mouse is a Quiet Voice.
A fish is a Silent Voice.
The moment the poster was posted and explained, students were drawn to it. They immediately adopted the language. There was a feeling of empowerment as children could now say to their peers, "I think we sound like birds right now. Let's be quiet as mice." "It would be better if we were silent like fish so we can concentrate." "Don't forget to be an elephant so we can all hear what you're telling us."
For $2, you will receive an electronic file with three images. One is the complete voice chart which fits onto an 11 x 17 inch piece of paper. The second one is just the word "Voices" which can be copied and added to the top of just of animals on the voice chart. I copied and laminated mine before posting. You can reduce the size as well, which can be used for table groups or individuals.
Thank you for your interest! I would love to know how the voice chart works for your students. ~Pamela