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Keywords: podcast, technology, ELA, Social Studies, research
Subject(s): Math, Reading, Music, Writing, Journalism, Podcasting, Grammar, Geography, Technology, Spelling, Animation, Video, Social Studies, Photography, Information Skills, English/Language Arts
Grades 1 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Swift Creek Middle School, Clayton, NC
Planned By: Carolyn Kay
Original Author: Carolyn Kay, Clayton
Part A:

After using language arts skills while reading the story and analyzing the author's purpose, the students will A) Analyze how individuals, families, and groups are similar and different by comparing and contrasting these similarities and differences.
B) Explore the benefits of diversity in the United States and the world
C) Use geographic terminology and tools to compare and contrast geographic features of places within various communities and throughout the world.

Part B:

A) The students will use technology skills and a graphic arts program to create digital images of themselves. B) Compose emails with digital attachments to friends and family members.
C) Create multimedia presentations from various digital responses from around the world using animation, clip art, and photographs.
D) Create podcasts to share information learned via the classroom website or other podcasting host.
E) Create podcasts to share "weather" and "news" of places their Flat selves visit.
F) They will participate in teleconferences with respondents via internet programs, allowing real-time discussions and exchanging of information.
G) Students will use netbooks and tablets in order to view projects and listen to podcasts created by others.

The project will give students added practice on skills in reading (fluency and comprehension), social studies (learning geographic terminology and map reading skills), math (organizing and graphing data) and technology (safe and responsible use and care of technology resources, keyboarding skills, and creation of multimedia projects).

Students will be given a solid foundation upon which to build skills in each area throughout elementary and secondary school.
Any and all donations welcome!
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This project works well with Social Studies, English Language Arts, Technology, Math, Art
Students are able to continue to follow up with those that have contributed.
Materials: Social Studies, Flash/USB Drives, Headsets, CDs and DVDs, Memory Cards, Tripods, Camera Bags, Video Tools, Wacom Tablets, Microphones, MP3 Players, Flip Video, Flash Memory Camcorders, Podcasting, Clip Art, Animation