Archive for February, 2012

Black History Month Podcasts

Jackie Robinson No5Several of Mack’s plays can now be heard via podcast. Fifth grade students have lent their voice talents to each of the following plays: Freedom for the First Time, which looks at the reaction of slaves to the Civil War and emancipation; How Jackie Saved the World, which shows the significance of Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier; and Black Boy, about the young adulthood of Richard Wright. These podcasts are ideal for previewing plays prior to purchasing, as examples for your students, or as alternatives to traditional read-alouds. Other available titles include Box Brown’s Freedom Crate, which is about the slave who mailed himself to the North in a box, I Have a Dream, which portrays Martin Luther King’s childhood, and The Girl Who Got Arrested, which tells Claudette Colvin’s heart-wrenching story from the Montgomery Bus Boycott. There is no cost to download (though the usual copyright rules remain in effect).

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Checkbook Project Featured in Podcast

Talking Fin Lit logoThe Checkbook Project, Mack’s FREE classroom economy program, has gotten the attention of a critically-acclaimed financial literacy site. Talking Fin Lit, a podcast program sponsored by McGraw-Hill, recently carried an interview in which The Checkbook Project was discussed at length. Host Mark Gura interview Mack in December for the podcast currently being aired. To hear the interview, click here. To download The Checkbook Project, click on the link at the top of the page.

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