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November 29, 2017 : Turn On Your Brain

The Mini Page is a syndicated, four-page tabloid written for young children found each Wednesday in The Denver Post. This issue of The Mini Page is available through the eEdition Archive to registered eEdition subscribers

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1. With a friend, listen to a podcast from one of the sites listed in today’s Mini Page:

Now you and your friend should each draw your favorite scene from the podcast. Compare your pictures.

2. Select three comic strips that you think would make good audio podcasts. Explain why you think it would be easy to adapt them to podcasts.

3. In the newspaper, circle pictures or words for all the different ways you can listen to a podcast.

4. Select and listen to a podcast from the sites listed in the Mini Page . Make a list of the different effects that make the podcast interesting. Include elements like (a) music, (b) sound effects, (c ) voices, (d) vocal inflections and (e) the order that the information or story was presented.

5. Select a news story to turn into a podcast. Use the podcast you listened to as a model. Write a script for a narrator and other characters that tell the story. Indicate where you would put music and other sound effects. You can make your own podcast. Get some friends and some items to make sound effects. You can record your podcast on a smartphone or recorder. Share your finished podcast with family members and friends.

Mini Page activities meet many state and national educational standards. Each week we identify standards that relate to The Mini Page content and offer activities that will help your students reach them.

This week's standard:
Students understand how to communicate information and ideas using a variety of media and formats. (Technology)

(standards by Dr. Sherrye D. Garrett, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)

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