Invent an Ice Cream: An Adventure in Podcasting

11 Feb

Over the last couple weeks, we had a very exciting “contest” in my 3rd-5th grade project-based learning classes. Students invented ice cream flavors…. and we are actually going to make the winning one in class tomorrow!

Here’s what we did!
1. Students brainstormed 9 new ice creams, including a name, the flavor of the ice cream itself, and the toppings inside of it.
2. Next, students evaluated their 9 choices to choose the best one to submit to the contest.
3. Students then used Garageband and the online podcasting tutorial to create a “radio commercial” with music, voices, effects, jingles, and/or slogans to “sell” their new ice cream idea. When completed, students exported their commercials as an mp3. (Want more info? Need a Garageband alternative? Click here!)
4. Students created a criteria for evaluating/judging the ice cream radio commercials to pick the winner. They decided on scoring the commercials based on these three criteria, each on a scale of 1-5:
– The (potential) taste of the invented ice cream.
– The overall quality of the commercial.
– The persuasiveness of the commercials.
5. Each students created a chart and listened to all of the commercials, evaluating each one according to the three criteria and then submitting their scores.
6. All of the scores are tabulated and averaged out…. and this week we are making the winning flavor!!

Here are the top 2 commercials:

1. Triple Stack Ice Cream
2. Chocolate Satisfaction Ice Cream

And here are two more, whose ice cream inventions were particularly creative… and salesmanship, clever as well.

1. Pancake Breakfast Ice Cream
2. Sonny’s Feast for Four Ice Cream


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2 Responses to “Invent an Ice Cream: An Adventure in Podcasting”

  1. Dorothee February 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Amazing posting, I absolutely enjoy updates by you.

    • Nancye Blair February 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

      Thank you, Dorothee! The kids loved this activity. I took some pictures and video of our taste testing on Friday and will post them in the next couple days, too. It was so fun. 🙂

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