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Playlist: Audio for the Youngest Set

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2nd Grade Room

From David Green | Part of the School Scenes series | 02:20

A third grader remembers the trouble he and his classmates got into in second grade because of the class gerbil.

Default-piece-image-2 Gerbil runs amok! John recounts a day in second grade when the class pet decided to make a break for it, helped by some careless eight-year-olds. This story was originally part of a site-specific audio tour of our school written and recorded by third graders. The stories recount school memories ranging from kindergarten to third grade which reference specific locations, landmarks and objects on campus. While these pieces were originally created to be listened to on-site, they can be enjoyed on their own as well. We also recommend that you listen using headphones.

What I love About My Mother

From City High Radio | 02:45

High school students tell you what they love about their mothers.

20100513__kitty1_small In this sweet, short vox-pop, high school producers A and Vaughn ask students at City High School, "What do you love about your mother?" The answers are soooo sweet!

“Last Words” from Hopi High

From Youth Radio | 05:35

Most Hopi teens can’t fluently speak their language, and without it they cannot carry on Hopi traditions and culture. This puts Hopi teens in a tricky position – to either learn the Hopi language and preserve their ancient culture, or to abandon their culture and adopt a modern way of life.

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Most Hopi teens can’t fluently speak their language, and without it they cannot carry on Hopi traditions and culture. This puts Hopi teens in a tricky position – to either learn the Hopi language and preserve their ancient culture, or to abandon their culture and adopt a modern way of life.

Santa Kidnapped: A Radio Rootz Radio Drama Parody

From Radio Rootz | 05:28

Listen to the short Christmas parody here and find out what happened to Santa.

Santa_kidnapped_thumb_small A holiday radio drama and parody about a sleuth who investigates Santa's disappearance, featuring many famous cameos including Mickey Mouse and the Soul Train. The original Christmas Carol is Scrooge's story, this is a new Christmas classic for all to enjoy. Co-written and co-produced by students at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School.

Trick or Treat

From Icebox Radio Theater | Part of the Icebox Radio Theater: Short Subjects series | 08:38

Three kids solve a mystery on Halloween - - or do they?!?

Sum0701_small Three kids solve the mystery of strange sounds emanating from a neighbor?s house on Halloween. When they try and investigate, they find themselves wrapped up in radio sound effects, and learning a little something about tolerance to boot. Recorded before a live audience.

Two Little Girls Explain The Worst Haircut Ever

From Jeff Cohen | 02:57

My five year old cut off my three year old's hair. A few weeks later, I decided to interview them and get their explanations. Here's what they told me.

Imag0242a_small Happy to say that this little radio story has taken another life. In the summer of 2014, it will be a children's book released by HarperCollins Children's Books. Take a look!

Short List #4

From David Green | Part of the Short Lists series | :48

A collaborative “Short List” poem which sheds light on the thoughts, secrets, senses of humor and lives of eight and nine-year-olds. Can you figure out what werewolves, computers and dresses have in common before you are told at the end?

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As part of a two week, all-school (K-12) Poetry Festival at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL, Third Grade Audio produced our first “Short Lists” for one of the poetry assemblies.

We first learned about Short Lists from producer Jay Allison during his keynote speech at the 2007 Third Coast International Audio Festival Conference.

As part of a two week, all-school (K-12) Poetry Festival at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL, Third Grade Audio produced our first “Short Lists” for one of the poetry assemblies.

We first learned about Short Lists from producer Jay Allison during his keynote speech at the 2007 Third Coast International Audio Festival Conference.

What is a Short List? “It's a list you create from your experience or research or daily life. You read it out loud for about 60 seconds and then tell us at the end what the list WAS." (transom.org)

Here at Third Grade Audio, we think of them as a combination of a list poem and a riddle. We wrote Short Lists of all kinds and then took some of our favorite topics written by individual third graders and created group Short Lists – writing, recording and producing them jointly. We played them for an audience of roughly five-hundred people during the Poetry Festival.

Each Spring, a new set of third graders adds to our Short List series. 

Third Grade Audio
"See" the world through third grade ears

WUTB-Variation 5A -Quiet, Gentle Version

From David Green | Part of the We Used To Believe... series | 01:25

When you were younger, did you ever believe something which turned out not to be true? How about recently?
Producers Aliana and Sophie reveal the wide range of misconceptions children can hold.

3bwutb_small Working with a partner or on their own, the students of Third Grade Audio created “mini-audio collages” inspired by the topic, “We used to Believe…”  As they did their sound editing, students took into consideration: clip order, overlapping voices, background music, the use of silence, additional recorded narration or introductions and vocal effects while designing their mini-collages. While some groups started with the same set of audio clips, they produced mini-collages that were quite different from one another in terms of sound, mood, and narrative emphasis. The series could be viewed as “Variations on an Audio Theme.”

These mini-collages represent the most independent production work done by the students of Third Grade Audio posted on prx  thus far. They should be considered the primary producers of the pieces, with only minimal additional production (tweaking here and there, adjusting levels) done by David Green.

Third Grade Audio
“See” the world through third grade ears