ERIC Number: ED207686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Community in the Schools--To Teach a Craft and Study Oldtime Radio Humor.
Two learning activities (one involving a craft and the other radio programs) provided in two elementary classes taught by a community volunteer are described, and related material for implementing the activities in other classrooms is provided. The lessons were taught in a regularly scheduled activity period entitled "Children's Choice;" interested community members were invited to share their knowledge and/or skills with students who attended the class. Through careful planning and preparation, an inexperienced volunteer conducted a successful crafts activity in which children made plant hangers with strands of yarn. The second activity consisted of giving children a chance to listen to and discuss two "Fibber Magee and Molly" programs broadcast originally during 1947-1948. The belief is expressed that there is great academic and social value in the study of transcriptions of some of the old radio comedy programs made during "the golden age of radio" (from the 1920s through the 1950s). Radio buffs who are potential resources for classroom teachers can probably be found in every city and several large collections of radio programs exist. Appendices provide instructions on how to make plant hangers, lists of sources of radio program recordings and tapes, and a brief annotated bibliography of books on radio comedy programs. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A