My students love The Walking Classroom. Every week they enthusiastically ask, “Are we doing The Walking Classroom?”
I incorporate it into my class during STEM time. I use podcasts that correlate with different subjects we are studying. For example, during our study of landforms we listened to Layers of the Earth (40-#74, STEM-#16, Complete-#133) and Rocks of the Earth’s Crust (4-#75, STEM-#17, Complete-#134).
During our study of poetry we listened to Jack Prelutsky (4-#39, Complete-#38). The students find the podcasts very engaging and they have continued discussing what they learned in past podcasts throughout the year. It is so fun to hear them say, “We learned about that when we listened to the podcast on prepositions,” or “This story is a trickster story like we heard about on that podcast.”
My coworkers and I have made slideshows to share the objectives, vocabulary, background, and a preview with the students before they listen to each podcast. After we return to the classroom, we have a dialogic discussion about what we have learned and we review the big ideas shared in the podcast. Then, after listening to the podcast three times throughout the week, students complete the quiz. I am excited to continue using this valuable resource with my students for years to come.
Joseph Neal STEAM Academy
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