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Podcasting In The 5th Grade Classroom

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  • 1. Podcasting in the 5 th Grade Classroom A Bedtime Stories Approach Jennifer Moylan 5 th Grade Teacher South Elementary
  • 2. Background
    • Each year, 5 th grade students pair with a 1 st grade buddy
      • Share experiences in literacy: reading, writing, speaking
        • Culminating Activity: 5 th graders write and publish a hardback book especially for and starring their first grade buddies
  • 3. An Extension
    • This year, my class took our literacy experiences to the next step
      • Combined literacy and technology to share bedtime story podcasts with our 1 st grade buddies
        • Used audacity, blogger, and GCast
  • 4. The Process
    • Monday:
    • Independent Reading Time
      • Meet during independent reading or a free time earlier in the day to select the story your group will read and obtain a copy for each person.
    • Home Reading Log
      • Read the whole story at least twice for your home reading log assignment and give a summary of the story.
    • Tuesday:
    • Independent Reading Time
      • Decide who will read which parts of the story. All group members must read aloud during the podcast. Split the reading as equally as possible. Highlight the parts you’ll read.
      • Rehearse aloud as a team as many times as possible.
      • Designate a music coordinator. This person must take home our “Podsafe Music” CD, listen to the tracks, and choose the best track to go with your story.
    • Home Reading Log
      • Read aloud your part of the story to an adult several times.
      • In your log, reflect on the successes and difficulties and include the praises and suggestions your adult reading buddy gave you.
      • Music coordinator: Listen to the tracks on our “Podsafe Music” CD and choose the best track to go with your story.
  • 5. The Process
    • Wednesday:
    • Independent Reading Time
      • Fill in the script for your podcast and decide who will read the introduction, moral in our own words, and conclusion sections.
      • Complete at least one “dress rehearsal” to prepare for tomorrow’s recording.
    • Thursday:
    • Recess
      • Record your podcast during recess when the room is quiet. Cut and re-record sections if necessary.
      • Add the selected music track to the background. (Mrs. Moylan can help with this.)
    • Friday:
    • During School
      • Approve your final podcast with Mrs. Moylan and work together to publish it to our blog site.
  • 6. Our Work
    • The Farmer, His Son, and The Donkey (1/18/07)
      • This is the first podcast created by the kids in our class! Listen along with us as we tell you the story of "The Farmer, His Son, and the Donkey." Why do you think that "if you try to please all, you please none?"
    • The Lion, The Rooster, and The Donkey (1/25/07)
      • Listen along this week as Anthony, Matt, Sadie, Katrina, and Shannon work together to tell the story of "The Lion, the Rooster, and the Donkey." Listen to hear how one creature takes advantage of another during a weak moment.
    • The Wolf and The Goat (2/1/07)
      • Danny, Ben, Caroline, and Eric will take you on a journey this week with the fable entitled "The Wolf and the Goat." Our smart goat teaches us that "an invitation prompted by selfishness should not be accepted." Sit back, listen, and enjoy!
  • 7. More of Our Work
    • The Lion and The Mouse (2/8/07)
      • Listen in this week as Brad, Morgan, Kinzey, and Pat tell you the story of "The Lion and The Mouse." What does the moral of this story mean to you? How does this story and its moral connect to your life?
    • The Two Travelers and a Bear (2/22/07)
      • Do you think that you can find out who your real friends are when you're in trouble? Listen in this week as Kayla, Matt, Valerie, and Alex tell you the story of "The Two Travelers and a Bear." Enjoy the show!
    • The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg (3/2/07)
      • Have you ever read a story about someone who is greedy? Listen along this week as Kristian, Dylan, Sammy, and Chelsea tell the story of a greedy farmer. What lesson does he learn? Remember that we'd love to hear what you think. Post your thoughts and comments by clicking on the comments section beneath each post.
  • 8. Our Work Continues
    • The Wolf, the Fox, and the Ape (3/8/07)
      • Is it easy for you to believe someone who does not always tell the truth? Listen along this week as Shannon, Jeremy, Austin, and Maren enthusiastically read the story, "The Wolf, the Fox, and the Ape." Let us know what you think.
    • Special Edition—Thank You Mrs. B! (3/9/07)
      • This is a special edition podcast for our one and only favorite podcasting helper, Mrs. B! Without her, our podcasts couldn't have been as successful! Thank you, Mrs. B! Love, Room 33
  • 9. Our Work on the Web
    • Visit our classroom blog page at:
    • http://room33bedtimestories.blogspot.com
    • Leave your comments to let us know what you think!
  • 10. Student Reflections
    • “Fun and educational!”
    • “I love that I can share my work with my family and friends!”
    • “I’ve learned a lot about posting on the Internet.”
    • “It’s really cool!”
  • 11. Supporting Documents
    • Project Overview and Lesson Plans
    • Assignment Planner
    • Podcast Worksheet
    • Letter to 5 th Grade Parents
    • Letter to 1 st Grade Parents
    • Podcast Directions
  • 12. Contact Information
    • Jennifer Moylan
    • South Elementary
    • 200 East Third Avenue
    • Collegeville, PA 19446
    • (610)489-2991
    • [email_address]

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