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Audiobook & Podcast by Our First Graders

Mrs. Loeser and her first graders were ready to create another episode for our MJGDS podcast. Mrs. Loeser started reading a chapter book  from the famous Magic Tree House series in class.

Mrs. Loser reading Dinosaur Before Dark

She stayed one step ahead of me in reading and scripting each chapter, as I took three students (Interviewer's, Jack's & Annie's voice) at the time out of the classroom to record them.

Recording the Script

As I was pulling the students out to record,  Mrs. Loeser continued reading, chapter by chapter, and creating the interview script to be recorded with the students. By the time the last chapter was recorded, I had ten written scripts collected. I was able to create a little booklet for the first graders, so they would be able to follow along as they were listening to the podcast.


The audio file is about 15 minutes long. As the class listened to the podcast for the first time in it's entirety, they had their little fingers on the paper to follow along. Each chapter ending was followed with a special sound to indicate that a new chapter was about to start. This helped any student who had lost their place on the script.


Read- Along

Once we had finished listening to the podcast, I asked their teacher give them a few minutes to write down a couple of sentences about their experience.

My thoughts:

  • It amazes me every time. Students are so engaged, wanting to re-record, if their voice, didn't sound "just" right.
  • Students (6-7 year olds) are very interested in the mechanics of Garageband (ex. tracks, dead air, sound clips, moving clips, etc).
  • Students started to experiment with their voices: inflection, fluency, pitches, emotions, volume, speed...
  • The written script as an add-on to the audio file was a bonus. Students are eager to "read-along" as they were listening to their podcast.
  • I really like to expand the reflection piece as part of the podcasting process.
  • In the future I want to involve students by giving them ownership and time to "play" on their own in Garageband to record and edit their voices.
  • We need to do this earlier in the year to be able to connect our students with other podcasting children around the world. Take a look at my blog post from last year when I asked: A Worldwide Audience for Six Year Olds?

Listen to these first graders make "Dinosaurs Before Dark" come alive with their voices.

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If you are interested, you can download the mp3 file of the audio and the pdf file of the script for your child at home, upload them to your mp3 player. Now they can listen to the audio as they read along.

If you have an iTunes account, you can subscribe to the MJGDS iTunes Podcast Channel. For step-by-step instructions take a look at the Guide To Subscribe to MJGDS iTunes Podcast Channel.

If you own an iPad/ iPhone/iTouch and the iBooks app, you can also download the epub file to then import it to the iBook app (free)  to read the script as a book like any other on your shelf. If you also upload the mp3 file to iTunes, you will now have a Read-Along audio book with the iBook and iPod combination.

Import into iBooks

Even the dictionary part works, as you hold one finger down on a word, the dictionary caption pops up with a definition.

Script opened in iBook


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