I made my whisper phones with 3/4 inch PVC elbow joints, 3/4 inch PVC pipe, and decorative duct tape. You can purchase a bag with 10 elbow pieces in it from Home Depot. Home Depot will also cut the PVC pipe into pieces for you. I was able to get about 25 pieces cut from one pipe. I used Abby to test out how long I needed the pipe to be cut. Between 4 and 4 1/2 inches is about right.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Toward the end of the week I introduced whisper phones to my class. Since we are still trying to build up our stamina and not getting anywhere quickly I decided I wanted to teach my students to use the phones before allowing them to use them during read to self. I modeled how to hold and use a whisper phone while I read a book aloud to them. Then I placed books in the middle of the carpet, had each student choose a book, and passed out a whisper phone to each child. Then I had them read their books using their whisper phones. We did this Thursday and Friday. For the most part everyone is using them correctly now, but some boys still want to blow in them and make noises instead of reading. Once everyone can read their book using the phones correctly and we have built up a little stamina I plan to have them keep a phone in their book box and use them during read to self.