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Lunch Room Noise

Jul 24, 2013 9:01pm

How do you keep the noise level under control for a lunchroom of students in Grades K-4. They must be quiet for the first 10 minutes so that they eat, but after that the noise skyrockets. We have tried the "Yacker Tracker". The novelty wore off and we were back to high noise levels. We've tried clapping rhythms. It only lasts until the novelty wears off. Ideas??

  • Pre K-5
  • Behavior


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    • Jul 26, 2013 2:16pm

      Maybe each day you could pick the quietest table group & send them out to recess first? After the first 10 minutes, are most students done eating? Not sure if it would be feasible, but maybe students could be given another activity to do when they're done eating. For example, they could draw/write/read quietly while everyone else finished eating. Sometimes the chatter increases because kids don't have anything to do. It also could be helpful to talk to the students about why it's important to be quiet in the lunchroom and come up with agreements about how to achieve the desired noise level. Good luck!

      • Jul 28, 2013 7:20pm


        Is there a specific reason why students have to be quiet? Are they becoming disruptive to other classrooms? If they are just loud because they are burning off energy because if so, that may prevent them from being too loud in class. Also, I love all of Lily's ideas about rewarding the quietest table, as competitions usually gets kids excited about winning!


        • Aug 15, 2014 7:52pm

          Our music teacher created CDs with music for us that plays for 3-4 minutes and then pauses for 3-4 minutes in cycles. When the music is on students are quiet...when the music goes off, they can talk. It really works. The kids enjoy their talk time and actually enjoy the music and quiet time.
          Sharon Dye