Are you having trouble with enormous noise levels in your classroom?
Use this FREE resource to take control again.

My class has strated speaking! And yes, seeing half of the children are non-native speakers that’s quite a big deal. They discuss board game rules and sharing toys or pencils, they ask each other for help or exchange arguments trying to prove each other wrong. It’s marvellous to watch.

There’s just one problem with this step in their language development: My class doesn’t yet know how – or why – to control their noise level. Whenever another teacher enters my classroom I can be sure to hear a remark as to how noisy my class is. Sometimes I go home with a hammering headache after a day’s work.

So naturally I made the noise level in my classroom priority for the coming school year. And seeing nothing goes without some kind of illustration: Here’s what I came up with – the noise-o-meter.


















For your FREE noise-o-meter download click HERE

How to use the noise-o-meter

The noise-o-meter as you’ll download it is a set of 5 A4 sheets of paper with illustrations for 5 different noise levels:

  • silence
  • quiet
  • talking voice
  • shouting
  • noise

Cut out the individual illustrations and laminate them using sturdy laminating sheets.
There are various ways to incorporate the noiseo-meter into your daily activities:

  • Pin the noise-o-meter to a wall using an arrow to indicate which noise level you expect your class to work at
  • In circle time, turn the individual illustrations upside down. Ask a child to choose one of them and then ask her to make noise according to th noise level shown in the picture.
  • Categorize everyday noise by noise level: lawnmover, kitchen blender, scissors…
  • Learn the simple gestures that the illustrated children do (hand over mouth, finger on your lips…) and use these in silent classroom communication

The syllable Method

This material (as well as many others you’ll find on this blog) is set according to the Syllable Method:

  • In longer words, syllables are color coded, alternating between black and red (banana)
  • Letters with unusual pronunciation, silent e’s and sight words that one can’t figure out by their letters are printed in lighter color (house, one, pudding, little)
  • “Sneaky e” syllables which many children find hard to read are underlined (nice, make)


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