Category: Podcasts

Stories that have been made into podcasts.

Untitled (Smarty Pants)

By D'Angelo P. and Saquan R., 4th Grade, Chalmers Elementary
Dialogues That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues Wilmette 2008

Smarty Pants: Why are you always picking on me?
Saquan: Because you always wear the same pants and they be over your stomach.
Smarty Pants: These are my favorite jeans and besides I don’t have no other jeans.
Saquan: Well, just tell your mom to buy you clean and better jeans.  And I am going to head home
Smarty Pants: OK Let’s go home and buy some fresher pants.
Saquan: and make sure they do not be over your stomach.

Shopping For Hats

By Bria T., South Loop School
That's Weird, Grandma

This picture reminds me of my granny going shopping for hats Trying on all kinds of hat and talking all day will she ever go clothes shopping she was waste all her time and do not get a hat or her best friend. Why dose she like the hat. I think they all are crazy. She will learn to stop getting hat. This is an old people thing you do not know what I have to do.

Sculpting Alaska

By Gautam R., 5th Grade, Hough Street School
Songs That's Weird, Grandma

“Let the competition begin,” boomed the announcer, as I quickly started planning out my ice sculpture. Scrape, scrape, scrape, went my carving tool as I knocked away ice. This was the regular carving routine. We were at the 2000 year end ice sculpting contest in Alaska.
Nobody would think of such a wonderful sculpture as a fish sculpture.
“Hey Jimmy,” a voice shouted, how you doing?
It was Walter, who, in my opinion, was the peskiest sculptor in the world. He was tying his shoelace at the moment, hands shivering even though they were in thick winter sculpting gloves. As were mine, but they were not shivering as Walter’s were. Poor fellow, he must be freezing to death, I thought.
“I’m alright, Walter, how are you?” I replied
Two hours and fifty-three minutes had passed and seven minutes remained in the contest’s first day. Luckily there would be two more days left to win and take home the prize money of $5000.
I was just finishing the last touches of my enormous fish gleaming in the Alaska sunlight. It had icy scales cut into both sides of the fish and bulging eyes popping out of the head. It had a carved mouth with a small rounded tongue pointing outward. Also, there were swift lines running down the fins alongside, above, and behind the statue.
When I came back from the bathroom, the worst happened. With twenty seconds to go before the day ended, my beautiful right fin crumbled to the ground as I tried to finish up my project by chiseling away some excess ice around the fin. I sank to my knees with my face in my hands
“oh no, no,no,no,” I yelled at myself as time expired, “What, what, what I am going to do?”
As the judges came around, they gave my statue quick glances and looked back at their notebooks and scribbled furiously. A judge would say, “Look at theis great masterpiece.” And heis neighboring judge would comment, “It’s fin is broken though.’
Finally, after about forty-five minutes, the judges came back to give the results.
“And now a the end of the first of three days in this contest in which the top four sculptors in America are competing, I will give you today’s scores,” said a judge; “in fourth place is Len with three points for originality, four points for design, and four points for beauty, and eleven total points. IN third place is Jimmy with five points for originality, five points for design, and three points for beauty, ‘ I shook my head in disappointment, “and a total of thirteen points. In second place is Fredrick. He has four for originality, five for design, and five for beauty. In first place is Walter who had a perfect score, five, five, and another five”

At home I was snug in my bed, but my mind was not as comfortable. “I know there is a perfect explanation for this but I haven’t broken a sculpture in eight years,” I
said out loud. I really didn’t think it was a n accident. At least I had two more days to prove myself America’s best ice sculptor.
In the morning I dressed hastily and collected my tools into a bag. When I got the place where we sculpted, I realized I was a bit late so I got straight to my sculpting spot. The competition started almost immediately after I came. I had been so tired the night before and I was rushed this morning so I hadn’t had time to think of what I was going to create. Two minutes wen by, four minutes, six minutes, eight minutes, and I still hadn’t picked something to sculpt. The others were chiseling away on their massive ice cubes, making cracking noises. Then I had it, I would sculpt Alaska.
Two and half hours later I was coming to the end of my sculpture. When you looked at the sculpture I was unmistakable. Alaska. It had polar bears, seals, Arctic wolves too. There were animals all over the state, carved grandly into the ice. This time the judges loved my masterpiece and even thought they never said a word, you could tell by the delight on their faces when they passed the sculpture. I was awarded five points each for originality, design, and beauty and a total of twenty-eight point over two days. Best of all I was in first place now. Walter was close behind me with twenty-seven points and you could tell he wasn’t happy about it.
That evening while I was watching TV. the door bell rang and a short man stepped into the house. It was Walter. He dropped to his knees and asked for mercy.
“it was me, I did it.”
“What?” I questioned.
“On the first day I threw an ice ball a the fin and made it look like you did it” Said Walter. “I knew you were a better sculptor but I wanted to win so I did it. Now I feel so bad. If you don’t snitch on me I’ll let you win the contest. I will compete in the contest but I will make sure not to win because of my bad actions”
I said “O.K. and he left me. I knew that I wasn’t going to tell the judges about him but he would still have to pay the price of cheating. Bu the end of the day I had made up my mind that I would try my hardest during the last day of the contest to beat Walter.
On the third day of the contest I was putting together Zeus the might god. Walter was making a Roman soldier. We were battling.
I was going to put Zeus’s arms apart with his huge spear in hand.l I was working furiously because I didn’t want Walter to defeat me. Also I had to work extra hard because I need to make up for my first day’s loss. The contest came to what seemed like a quick end.
“In fourth place is Walter with a total of thirty- eight points. IN second place are Fredrick and Len, both with forty-one points and in first place is Jimmy with forty three total points. Congratulations, Jimmy,” said a judge.
I was very happy for myself and I even brought home the $5000 in spite of my handicap on the first day, “I hope I’ll be back for the contest next year.”

Superheroes

By Alejandro S., Columbia Explorers Academy
Superheroes That's Weird, Grandma

My name is !

My super power is to get free stuff without no one knowing

My costume is black and white with an ! mark.

My nemesis is Mrs. Question mark because she asks lots of questions.

My weakness is fears.

Once upon a time I was in a café getting some free coffee when my nemesis Mrs. ? started to ask me a lot of questions she said “how much is the coffee?” is the coffee black? She drove me crazy!!!! And I got my coffee and went out flying to my house and never again I saw Mrs. ? unless birthdays or holydays The end !!!

Super-Significant Shawn

By Rashawn W., Burnham Anthony School
Superheroes Songs That's Weird, Grandma

What’s your Superhero?
Super-significant-Shawn
What are your Superpowers?
To clone myself in numbers such as 8 trillion,
Meat vision (put your ray on the plate and you have meat),
Shopping senses.
What is your weakness?
My weakness is authority, no money
Who is your nemesis?
Mighty and Dino Dad.
Mighty has authority and Dino Dad doesn’t give out money. They tell him to go in his room and give no allowance.

He made them feel sad for awhile. Super-Significant-Shawn made a point of them destroying the world. Mighty and Dino Dad were trying to make every kid go to their room and do hours and hours of homework. He gives all the kids candy to snap them out of Mighty and Dino Dad’s trance. After that he makes kids go shopping so Might Mom and Dino Dad couldn’t get to them and Super-Significant-Shawn took down Dino-Dad by taking all his money and giving 20 dollars to all kids who went shopping and took the rest for himself. The money that Super-Significant Shawn got from Dino Dad made up for the shopping spree that Dino-Dad and Mighty Mom promised to take him on. He took down Mighty Mom. He thought about a time when she wasn’t authoritative to someone else and remind her of that and with that he guilted her out of being authoritative and they were forced to buy a video now and give juice box for Super Significant Shawn for Christmas.

Santa’s Mean Day

By Devonte V., 3rd Grade, Reavis Academy
Holidays Winter Holidays That's Weird, Grandma

When Santa woke up, he was shocked to see four other people dressed just like him. He was so mad that he had to put his name on the bad list. The elf was shocked at him, that he put his name on the bad list. The elfs ask Santa, why is you so mean today? He said I am so mad you better get away from me before I put your name on the bad list. The elfs left so fast smoke came behind them. They said I wish Santa was not mean today. Then of on the elfs said I got it. We can throw a not mean party. Everybody can come and tell Santa do not be mean. We can have milk and cookies for snacks because Santa loves milk and cookies. then we can get the things to put up. Then we can put up Santa’s favorite game. And then Santa came down stairs. Then everybody said Surprise and I love you. THE END.

Kid’s Day

By Emma, Loyola Park After School Program
True Stories That's Weird, Grandma

Last year at my school on kids day (wich is usally the worst day of my life.) I was hot and every game I playing I didn’t get a prize except for a lame necklace I got Just because I played a game. Then I went to the piñata it was our turn to hit the piñata I knew something bad was going to happen like the year before when me and a girl in my class were looking for our teacher every where in the school and it turned out she was outside the whole time and we missed the piñata and didn’t get any candy except for the left overs that people didn’t like (wich I didnn’t like either.) so I knew something bad was going to happen and I was right! It started out when we all lined up (behind the line so we wouldn’t get hurt) and I was in the middle so I knew someone was gonna hit it and break it before I would even get a chance and so a kid named Jack in my class hit it nothing happened then this really chubby, short, strong tomboy in my class got up there and the stick was really long and before I knew it she hit the stick to the piñatas, the stick broke in half and come flying and hit me in the head!
My teacher caught me just before I hit the ground and rushed me into the office we kept on trying to call my mom but we could not reach her so they almost had to take me to the ambulyence but we finnaly she ansered her phone and came to pick me up and that night I went to the Hospital to get it glued together.