31 July 2012

Sound Check & Body Check Charts

I'm joining up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made-It.  One of my summer projects was to make a Sound Check Chart for next year.  Here is the final outcome:

For a free copy, click the image above.

I made it fairly large on purpose. I wanted it to be well seen by everyone in the classroom.  That way when I do a Sound Check, they know exactly what the sound level should be. I plan to use a clothespin to designate the sound level.  If the clip is on Table Voice, then only the members of their table should be able to hear their voices.  Teacher Voice is their louder speaking voice.  This is generally the voice they use when they are reading or sharing with the class.

I was actually inspired by 2 different teachers when I created mine.  The original sound chart I had seen on Pinterest was this one by Katie at Little Kinder Warriors.  In fact, I used this one last year,  the only reason I decided to change it up, is because I wanted the chart to use the same wording/language I use in my classroom.  But, hers is super cute-check it out!

The colors I used were inspired by Rebecca at Classroom Compulsion.  I love her colorful Behavior Clip Chart! If you need one for your classroom, definitely check hers out-colorful and adorable!  I have a super colorful classroom, and knew I wanted to use bright colors, too!

I had a request for a Body Level Chart (see comment below).  I thought that was a great idea!!!  So, I added it to this post.  I put the Not Allowed symbol over Level 1-Asleep.  My second graders should not be asleep! But, if you have young students that have a nap time, there is a sign that does not have the not allowed symbol. Thanks so much for a great idea, and hope it will work for you in your classroom.

Click here for a free copy.
The hand clip art is by 3am Teacher, I think the hands are super cute! Check out all her great graphics!!!

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  1. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love this! Thanks for sharing! I talked to a teacher friend of mine recently and in addition to our different voice levels, we were discussing body levels too. Would it be possible for you to make a body level chart like the voice level one? The different body levels are Excited (Level 4), Alert (Level 3), Relaxed (Level 2), and Asleep (Level 1). I think having a body level chart including the numbers would be helpful because once the students have learned what each body level is, the teacher can say, "I need you at a Level 3" or "A Level 4 is acceptable during this game" and students should be expected to respond in that way.

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  4. I hadn't thought about a body level chart. I can definitely make one. I'll add it to this post when I finish it. My only question is with level 1 (Asleep)- Do you have nap time?
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Looove this! Thank you so much for sharing! I am your newest follower :)

  6. Yay! You're awesome! I LOVE the body check signs! I will print those on Monday and get them displayed! Our first day of school is the 20th! Thanks again!!

  7. So glad you like them! Thanks for sharing your idea :)

  8. Thank you so much! I made this immediately after seeing your blog. I can't wait to hang it in my classroom tomorrow.

  9. Thank you so much! Love this!!!

  10. I love this idea - what a great visual for students to see what noise level is expected. I just became your newest blog follower!!

  11. Thank you so much for making the Sound Check boards! I can't wait to print them off and hang it in my classroom!