Season 2 Episode 7 [16:15]

We would like to wish all our listeners a happy and safe holiday season.

Mr. Toft and Mrs. Smith

In this episode you will hear our first Portable Radio episode of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader as produced by Tahmoor and William. Hear how Kyle, Isaiah and Jake celebrate Christmas. Taylor, Luka, and Connor share stories about their most embarrassing moments. You will also hear a Gibberish game that we play in drama.

When Mr. Toft had to stay home to take care of his son we experimented with Skype. As you will hear in this segment, it was almost as if he was in the classroom with us. We hope to use Skype in the future to interview other people around the world.

We received a voice mail from Benjamin which you will hear at the end of the show. As always we invite you to leave a comment here by clicking on the comment button. E mail addresses are not required.

Music used on the show:

WW – by Greenroom (Podsafe Music Network)
Jingle Jangle – by Larry Sayer (Podsafe Music Network)

“The World at Your Call” is a movie clip from the Prelinger Archives

Season 2 P.O.V. #2 [3:28]

Today we learned about Ottawa’s royal swans and an issue surrounding them. Queen Elizabeth II gave the swans to Ottawa as a present in 1967. It turns out that the swans’ winter shelter needs to be replaced and it would cost $430 000.

Take a listen to our Portable Radio Point of View. We are divided on this one!

CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning (91.5FM) aired this segment on Tuesday, December 18, 2007. You hear CBC host Hallie Cotnam introducing us.

Here are our sources:

Here’s an excerpt from the Ottawa Citizen:

Budget leaves swans out in the cold
Councillors say no to funding construction of new winter home

Patrick Dare, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Friday, December 14, 2007

Ottawa’s famous Royal Swans could soon find themselves without a winter home because the City of Ottawa doesn’t want to build one.

At a Dec. 12 budget meeting, council decided not to pay for a new swan home, which would cost $430,000. Councillors said the city can’t afford to be building things for swans. Council’s budget for the coming year brought in increases in bus fares, recreation user fees and a 4.9-per-cent increase in taxes.


As part of our research we watched a video of the swans from spring 2007. This let us see what their shelter looks like and learn a little bit about the royal swans.

We also visted the Ottawa Humane Society website and found out more information and their opinion on the swan shelter that is being used now.

Season 2 Episode 6 [12:05]

Episode 6 Season 2 includes Kayla and Fiona’s How To Show, Dylan and Luka’s instructions on how to play Fishy Fishy, Megan and Emma’s facts about bullying, Hadi and Robin’s holiday survey, and  Amanda shares a poem called “Who Am I?” by Sean Covey.

Also, Amanda and Allie have a shout out to the kids at R. Tait McKenzie Public School, Charlie describes his amazing basketball world and Haley and Kaitlin encourages students to participate in an upcoming ski trip.

Our students are continuing to take over control of the sound editing. The station IDs created by Leigh, Charlie, Kirstin, Jessie, Isaiah and Tahmoor. Robin, Hadi and Amanda edited their own segments (“Holiday Survey” and “Who Am I?”).

Mr. Toft and Mrs. Smith


WW – Greenroom (Podsafe Network)

Riptide – Kevin MacLeod