4th Grade Earning and Learning Podcast

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Lesson Plan Details
6-7 days (45 periods each day)

Students will learn...about earning and learning in the United States. They will learn the meaning to these vocabulary words: economy, barter, producer, consumer, globalization, profit, want, need, demand, supply by completing a podcast in pairs and groups of three.


Regions Social Studies text books. (4th grade) Chapter 3: Earning and Learning

digital kit (consisting of pictures that go with the vocabulary words, and a few mp3 choices from freeplaymusic.com)

computers for each group


access to a shared space for digital kit to live for students to access.



Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to... Create a digital kit that has pictures from the internet that students can use in their podcast. Each vocabulary word will need a photo. Since there are 11 vocabulary words you will want at least 11 pictures if not more...


Go to freeplaymusic.com and select 2-4 mp3s for the kids to use as background music.


Know how to use imovie to create a podcast



In this lesson, the teacher will...Introduce Earning and Learning chapter in Region book to students.  Student will become familiar with the vocabulary words. After students have a clear understanding of words, then demonstrate how to use imovie to create a podcast. Show students how to access the digital kits, click and drag photos and mp3 to imovie project, how to add titles, transitions. 

Day 1: read chapter

Day 2: review words

Day 3: Student preview digital kit and select pictures for each vocabulary word and groups write sentences using each vocabualry word. (see attachement below vocabpodcast this is the script where they plan their sentences and pictures)

Day 4: teach students how to select photos and add to imovie project. They then do this indpendently.

Day 5: Teach students how to select transitions and titles. They then do this independently.

Day 6: Teach students how to select music. They then do this independently.  Teach kids how to add audio to read their sentences with their picture slides. 

Day 7:Share projects


see rubric below

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
1C. Develop or apply models and simulations to explore complex systems, issues and trends.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
2C. Engage with learners from other cultures to develop cultural understanding and global awareness.
2D. Contribute to project teams. Produce original works or solve problems in a team setting.
Research and Information Fluency: 
3B. Locate, organize and use information ethically from a variety of sources and media.
3D. Analyze, evaluate, and summarize information or data and report results.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making: 
4A. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
4B. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
4C. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and or make informed decisions.
4D. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
Digital Citizenship: 
5A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and digital technology.
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
5C. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6A. Select, use, and troubleshoot tools efficiently.
6B. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
sherylaydelott's picture

I would need to be a student in this plan.  I hope to access my coach and all of her experiences to try something like this.  Exposiing students this age to this topic is great.