Ideas in the Classroom #4 – Radio Show

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Ever think about creating a radio show with your class?  Here’s an introductory lesson targeted for late elementary students, however it could be extended for older students as well.  Thanks for sharing Cate from Ottawa, ON!


Radio Show Unit Introductory Lesson

Objective: To introduce basic terminology, the goals of the unit, and to find out the students knowledge level on the topic of media/radio.


Curriculum Expectations:

Media Communication Skills:

  • View, read, and listen to media works that convey messages or information and talk about what they have learned – Grade 3
  • Identify several types of media works and some techniques used in them – Grade 4
  • Analyze media works – Grade 4
  • Recognize that media works are composed of a series of separate elements (e.g., shots in movies; sections of a newspaper) – Grade 5
  • List and describe many of the ways in which the media provide information (e.g., through news reports, the internet, documentary films, CD-ROMs) – Grade 5
  • Identify the various types of professionals involved in producing a media work (e.g., newswriter, photographer, camera operator, film director) and describe the jobs they do – Grade 6
  • Analyze and assess a media work and express a considered viewpoint about it (e.g., write a movie review) – Grade 6



  • Chart paper with components of the radio listed
  • CD with several examples of: news reports, weather/traffic reports, stingers, sports reports, commercials
  • Chart paper or chalk board to write station name and stinger options on it
  • Media Word Wall to add new vocabulary as we come across new words



Part 1: Class Discussion and Explanation:

Start by discussing the following questions:

What does the word media mean? What are types of media?

A means of mass communication, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, internet or television.

What does Broadcasting mean?

To transmit (a radio or television program) for public or general use. To send out or communicate, especially by radio or television: The agency broadcast an urgent appeal for medical supplies.

What are some of the jobs in the media industry?

  • Journalist
  • Host Radio show
  • Producers
  • Editors
  • News editor
  • Researcher
  • Writer
  • Advertisers
  • Creative Personnel
  • Graphic designer
  • Website designer


Explanation of Unit:

Explain what we will be doing over the next two weeks. I am no longer just your teacher, I am also the Station Director. I am employing all of you to help me make a radio show. You will each be assigned a job. You will each be writing and then reading a piece, or story, for our radio show. Maybe you will be writing a news story, maybe you’ll be writing the sports, the weather, or a book review. Once everyone has completed these stories and they are polished and ready to go, we will record them and make a CD or radio program.


More Discussion Questions:

  • Tell me what you know about Radio?
  • Who Listens to Radio? When do you listen to radio?
  • Name some Ottawa radio stations.
  • What type of Radio stations are there?
  • What do you like about radio? Dislike?
  • Who listens to radio in your family?
  • What do they listen to?


Part 2: What makes up a radio show?

Have students give as many radio show components as they can and then prompt them for the remaining components. Expect that students may not know all the components and will need an explanation and examples. Add words to word wall.

Components of a Radio Show:

  • Stingers
  • Commercials
  • News
  • Weather
  • Traffic
  • Sports
  • Music

*Go over samples  – Play the examples and talk about them – what makes up each component.

Special Interest Components:

  • CD Review
  • Movie Review
  • Restaurant Reviews
  • Game Reviews
  • Book Reviews
  • Special Interest News: Science, Health, Entertainment, Events/Promos
  • Commentary – Could be done as writing or a rap
  • Interview if it was someone in the school – so that I could be there to tape it


Part 3: Make up a class Stinger and slogan

Stinger is comprised of the station name, call letters, slogan, and music or sound effects

Call Letters:

Each country is assigned a letter(s) that their call letters must start with. Canada is C, USA is W and K. After that it is our own option for numbers


Criteria for a Stinger Slogan:

  • Should explain what our radio station is like
  • Something we are proud of or want to promote
  • It has to be positive

Brainstorm with the class ideas for a station name and a stinger. Once all the ideas have been given, have a class vote.

*If there is extra time they can start to work on drawing a station logo (including call letters, slogan, and a design)




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