Welcome to Shrewsbury Public Schools. We invite you to explore Mrs. Cook's Grade 4 Geography Podcasts. Students were given this scenerio: The President of the U.S. will be listening to your podcasts to determine the winner of the award: "Best Midwestern/Western State to Move to or Live in". Which student do you think presented the award winning podcast?

Friday, May 12, 2006


Listen to Margaret's podcast on Indiana. Would this be a state you'd want to visit?
Click here to listen.


Anonymous Sarai said...

O my gosh! Margaret you rrrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooooooooooooooccccccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkeeeeeeeeeeeeeeedddddddddddd!Good job!

2:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Margaret,
You Rocked, I thought you did the Best in the World!! I enjoyed watching the process of making a podcast I know think I'm ready. You Did a phenominal job!!
You Said your speech so cleary.Margaret what more is there to say but I'm guess im going to indiana

Sincely, Emilee

P.S Margaret i loved your backround music it matched your words.I personally think that you are going to be the best of the best!
I feel so much more confident now that I can do my podcast ready. I hope I can do as good as you did, but I think that's impossible. Your Script Was Well Written And I'm just so happy that I was the person who watched you create this wonderful Podcast!! I guess all that worring you went through was worth it because you did the best you could. You are a Greaty Speaker. Hope your Parents Enjoy Your Podcast as much as i did.

3:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a truly terrific job you did! Your introduction got me so excited, that I just had to hear why I should visit Indiania.
Your transitions between paragraphs flowed so nicely and your ending was wonderful! I loved all the descriptive words you used. They helped me to visualize what this state is really like.
You also spoke so clearly and at just the right pace. I really want to go there now to hike and see the Indianapolis 500 race. This would be a nice way to spend a Memorial Day weekend.
Margaret, you should be very proud of all the hard work you did. You chose just the right music and sound effects. Your podcast was terrific!!
Mrs. Dlott

10:02 PM

Anonymous jackie said...

Dear Margaret,
You were PHENOMINAL!!!!!It was g reat.....u spock very clearly and i loved all the music.I really like when u put the cars racing i really thought i was there!!!!I mean,I guess soon i am going to be going to Indiana....I have to go now!!!!I supose your script was well writen,because u didn't mess up one bit.I feel alot better know about mine and u should feel happy about your podcast.Once again It was awesome!!!!

8:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done. I enjoyed listening to your podcast. The detail that you provided your listeners tells me that you conducted lots of research. I'm going to wait before I answer your essential question of would I move to your state UNTIL I hear from others in your class. There are a few more states, I have to learn more about before deciding to relocate my family.

Mr. C
Technology Director of Shrewsbury Schools

8:35 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Margaret,

I listened to your podcast. You did a super job! You made Indiana sound like a great place to visit. This project must have been lots of fun to do. Keep up the good work.

Mrs. Ogren

10:37 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Margaret,
When are we going to Indiana! Citizens of Indiana will be proud of how you presented their state. As always you have done a creative and well researched project. Your command of the subject is heard loud and clear through your strong articulate voice.
GREAT JOB! I am very proud of you.

12:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your work is trully inspirational to your classmates. My comments echo those of Mrs. Dlott. Your first podcast sets a very wonderful example to your classmates.
Mrs. Cook
I also enjoyed reading Emilee's comments. They were thoughtful and well written.

7:48 PM

Blogger Margaret's mom said...


Your voice is clear, delightful, and inviting. You have a well researched and written and read script. Thank you for sharing about Indiana. We should plan a family trip. I like the idea of birds chirping, hiking, and even the sandy beaches.

7:46 AM

Anonymous Sarai said...

You were great! I'm writing again because I didn't write what I really thought about your podcast. Just like Mrs.Cook, Mrs.Dlott took my words right out of my mouth. I'm agreeing with Mrs.Cook a lot today, I loved reading Emilee's comment. And just like Emilee, I hope your parents loved it. Your voice was great! I can't wait to do mine!


4:15 PM

Blogger Lemire said...


What a great job!
Loved the background music.
Indiana is a fun vacation spot. I would like to visit the beaches.
Are there any golf courses for Uncle Ron?

Keep up the good work!
Auntie Peg

8:46 PM

Anonymous Margaret I. said...

I loved my own podcast like everyone else did!!!!!I want to thank all the wonderful comments you guys wrote me.Thanks to all the teachers who helped me with every little step along the way,like Mrs.Kalinowski,Mrs.Dlott,Mrs.Cook,and Mrs.Lubke.I also want to thank all my classmates for helping me out.Thanks guys!!!!!!!
I can agree that the sounds matched my voice.Also that I sounded like I was ready


7:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Margaret! You made me feel like I was back in my home state! Indiana is a great state. When I was in 4th grade we got to take a field trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The drivers were doing practice laps. I liked how you explained the weather and the four seasons. I often get asked what the weather is like in Indiana. Nice job on your podcast!
Mrs. Porter

1:39 PM

Anonymous PJH said...

Great job Margaret.

Do you think your mom and Jane could run a 500 mile race? HaHaHa.

It is cool that even if there is not a lot of snow there is still snow coverd moutins.

Hope your Parents Enjoy Your Podcast as much as i did.

Great job and you rock!
PJH :-)

3:38 PM

Anonymous jenn said...

great job, margaret! Iknow my next
trip will be to Indiana! It is
incredible that so many people come to Indiana. When they have the 500 mile race how many people
run? It's okay if you don't know.
I love the way you discrided the
four seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Wnter. I hope you enjoyed doing your podcast! Once again awsome job! I am not scared to do my podcast anymore!!!!!!!!!!
Were you scared?

Your Friend,

7:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Margaret,
You did a great job!! Your voice was so clear and I could here every word! The snowcapped mountains would be great for us to go skiing in!! You helped me learn a lot and I am definetly going to Indiana !!!!

7:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your podcast was amazing. You had everything that I could ever think of. I really liked how clear and paced your speech was. It was great! I think that any adult listening would instantly start planning a trip to Indiana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sarah w.

8:14 AM

Anonymous rachel said...

You did aawweessoommee!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I never knew that every mountian
had a hiking trail.Also I never knew that there are miles of fields.

Rachel M

7:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read about your podcast in the April 2007 issue of Educational Leadership, and I had to check it out. Currently, I am a technology coordinator for a school district in Ohio, and I was a middle school language arts teacher before taking this position. I just wanted to let you know that I am so impressed with the way that you "sold" me on Indiana. Having been there many times, I feel that you very accurately captured what it is like there in your podcast. Your teachers (and you, yourself) should be very proud!
Thanks for sharing,
Ms. K

2:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting podcast. As someone who lives in Indiana, I was surprised to hear that we had snow-covered mountains???? We have sand dunes along Lake Michigan though so maybe you were thinking of those.
Glad you like Indiana!

7:31 AM


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