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No transistion between Falsetto and chest voice

I teach 7th and 8th grade. I have boys whose voice has completely changed, and grasp the concept of falsetto and head voice. They can do a head voice, and then totally drop an octave. It's as if they have no ability to sing the notes in between E two ledger lines above the bass staff, and the D on the third line. And that's where all 7th and 8th grade music falls for baritones.
 
Rather than... "Just let him sing an octave lower," what excercises or instruction can I give him to help him find this range. I've done calling, and I've done opening his tone with yawns.
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on November 19, 2013 8:57am
Thanks for all the help. And thank you, Ray, for the insight on the anatomy of the situation. I'll stay the course.
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