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Mr. F. from Miami FL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Old Time Podcast Drama Hour

My students need a Tascam mini studio so they can create their own old time radio podcast.

  • $214 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My class consists of 24 gifted fifth graders. This group presents many challenges when implementing instruction, as they have a higher need for enriching and challenging materials. They are also highly motivated, capable of working independently, and even driving their own instruction. Although predominantly Hispanic, my students come from a wide range of different cultural backgrounds within that spectrum.

As a group, we value and support each other.

We lend an ear when someone needs to speak and we speak out when we have something to say. We are a group; we are a team; we are a family.

My Project

Remember those old time radio serials? Flash Gordon, The Shadow? Of course you don't! But don't worry, we are bringing them back via podcasting!

In this project, students will brainstorm and script their own podcast serial dramas just like the ones your grandparents listened to in the old days!

First we'll split our class into groups of 5. Next we'll ask ourselves; what kind of story do we want to tell? Then each group will develop a list of characters and a central problem to be faced. Students will create a rough story draft and a final script. Each page of script is roughly a minute of real time so we will keep our first play down to 5 pages with an additional page or two for a fictitious advertisement which can be added at the start, middle or end of the drama.

Our podcast drama will use our weekly vocabulary and a final writing and reading grade will be assigned for the drafts and performance.

Students will also undertake various jobs such as: broadcast recording using the Tascam US-42 mini studio, voice acting the roles of their script, and creating sound effects for their drama. The Tascam US-42 mini studio will be used to record the performances and upload them to our school Youtube media channel for parents and students to enjoy.

This activity should last about two weeks, from first draft to voice rehearsal to posting the podcast.

Younger children can also take part in this activity by using pre-made plays (found in magazines like Scholastic Story Works) or by creating their own with a little guidance.

Help us tell our stories by reaching into the past with the technology of today!

Mr. F.
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Tascam US-42 MiniStudio Creator USB Podcasting Broadcast Interface • Amazon Business $149.00 1 $149.00

Materials cost

$149.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.24

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$181.24

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$31.98

Total project goal

$213.22

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$213.22

3 Donors

-$105.38

Donations toward project cost

-$91.67

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$13.71

match offer

-$105.38

Match offer toward project cost

-$89.57

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.81

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$2.47

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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