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Adapted from"Nonverbal Ways to Quiet Your Students," by Beth Lewis in About The Human Internet, k-6educators.about.com/education/k-6educators/cs/science/index.htm
The Music Box - Buy an inexpensive music box and tell the students that you will wind it at the beginning of the day; whenever they are noisy or off task, you will open the music box and let the music play until they quiet down and get back to work. A no-cost reward rewards the class if there is any music left at the end of the day.
The Quiet Game - Class gets three seconds to make as much noise as they want and then, at the teacher's signal, they become silent for as long as possible.
Eye the Clock - Let the class know that when they get too loud, you will be watching the clock or your watch. Time they are too noisy will be subtracted from recess or other "free" time. Keep track of the time down to the second and keep the class accountable.
Hands Up - Hands up means stop talking and pay attention. When you raise your hand each student should raise theirs. A twist on this is to raise your hand and count one finger at a time.
The American Heart Association has published guidelines on how to evaluate science news stories. Some guidelines recommend: don't depend on TV and radio, read newspaper headlines skeptically, analyze the entire article, check to see if the study was done with animal or human sampling, be skeptical of results reported only in percentages, remember that good science is slow, and check with other sources. To read the full details link to: www.americanheart.org/Heart_and_Stroke_A_Z_Guide/scinew.html