Habitat Podcasts

Presented by: Lucretia Miller

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After learning about habitats from their classroom teachers, second grade students will work as a group to create podcasts based on the book Westlandia by Paul Fleishman and research from non-fiction resources. Each class will choose a unique habitat (wetlands, tundra, desert, rainforest, etc.), and all classroom podcasts will be posted to the Internet and shared. Students will narrate the podcasts and original illustrations will also be used in this report.


Westlandia by Paul Fleishman

Non-fiction texts on habitats

Chart paper, markers, podcast application such as Garageband


Day 1 – Library

(Students should already have background knowledge on habitats from classroom teacher):


Direct Instruction:


Modeling and guided practice:


Sharing and reflecting:


Day 2 – Classroom (with 2nd grade teacher)


Day 3 – Art room (with Art teacher)


Day 4 – Library

Direct Instruction:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->TL introduces podcasts and shows an example.


Modeling and guided practice:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->TL demonstrates process by recording her voice as an introduction to the podcast.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->TL selects students to come up to computer one at a time to record their part of the class narrative.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->TL adds student illustrations to the narrative after voices have been recorded.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Sound effects may be added if time permits.


Sharing and reflecting:




See examples at: http://web.mac.com/millerl7/CTE_podcasts/Podcast/Podcast.html