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Multiplication and Division Strategy Podcast

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Keywords: Podcast, technology, writing, multiplication, division
Subject(s): Spelling, Technology, Grammar, Podcasting, Writing, Math, English/Language Arts
Grades 3 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Robert L Crippen Elem Sch, Porter, TX
Planned By: Tina Cassidy
Original Author: Tina Cassidy, Porter
3.17.A plan a first draft by selecting a genre appropriate for conveying the intended meaning to an audience and generating ideas through a range of strategies (e.g., brainstorming, graphic organizers, logs, journals)
3.17.C revise drafts for coherence, organization, use of simple and compound sentences, and audience
3.17.E publish written work for a specific audience.
3.5 B represent and solve one- and two-step multiplication and division problems within 100 using arrays, strip diagrams, and equations
Technology Applications
3.2A draft, edit, and publish products in different media individually and collaboratively
English Language Proficiency Standards
3.3E share information in cooperative learning interactions.

Content Objective (What): The students will draft, edit, and publish a podcast explaining their favorite strategy for solving multiplication and division word problems.

Language Objective (How): The students will work together in cooperative groups to create a successful podcast.

Purpose (Why): When we explain our favorite strategy to others, it helps them see other perspectives. Also, by creating a podcast we are working on our STEM skills.

Writing Component: Students will brainstorm ideas and create a rough draft of the script that they will use that explains their favorite strategy. They will then revise and edit their draft and create a final piece.

Podcasting equipment
• Digital recorder
• Microphones
• Headphones
• Cords
• Computer
Anchorchart paper
Colored pencils
Lined draft paper

Instructional Steps
To hook the students, the teacher will play for the students a podcast that was recorded reviewing the strategies for multiplication and division word problems: strip diagrams, arrays, and equations.

Direct Teaching:
-Review necessary vocabulary:
• Strip diagram: part-part-whole
• Equation- a number sentence
• Array- a model consisting of rows and columns

-The teacher will have students talk with a partner/group about which strategy they feel is best to solve multi-step multiplication and division word problems with

-Students will then share and defend their reasons with the whole class

-Students will be grouped by their favorite strategy for the project

Guided Practice:
-The teacher will model (whole group) for students the entire writing process for how to defend their chosen strategy using a strategy not listed in this objective

-The teacher will then model how to use the podcasting equipment

Independent Practice:
*The independent part of this project will take at least three days to complete from rough draft to published podcast*

-In their strategy group, students will begin their rough draft explaining why they like using that specific strategy
• Students will write their draft on large anchor chart paper
• Each student must take part in writing the draft

-As a group, the students will then revise and edit their draft using colored pencils

-After the group has finished the editing process, each student will then write a final draft on lined draft paper

-The students will then begin recording their podcast using the equipment listed above (with any needed assistance from the teacher)

-With the help of their teacher, the students will then upload their podcast to the computer for final publishing on the classroom’s podcast channel

-As a class, the students will then listen to each group’s podcast.

-Each student will then answer the following sentence stem on a Post-It as an Exit Ticket:

My favorite strategy for multiplication and division word problems has changed/stayed the same because _____________.

Assessment of Learning
-The final draft of the script
-The podcast
-Exit Ticket
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This project integrates ELAR, math, and technology applications
Materials: Digital Voice Recorders, Microphones, Headsets, Podcasting, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 1 Zoom H4N PRO Digital Recorder, $199.99 each, total of $199.99
1 Behringer XENYX 1202FX , $99.99 each, total of $99.99
3 Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone, $64.00 each, total of $192.00
3 Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones, $39.00 each, total of $117.00
1 NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand, Compact Mic Stand Made of Durable Steel for Radio Broadcasting Studio, Voice-Over Sound Studio, Stages, and TV Stations, $12.50 each, total of $12.50
1 On Stage MY-420 Studio Microphone Shock Mount , $44.00 each, total of $44.00