Reader's Theater Podcasts Set to Student Illustrations (Garage Band)

We had a blast this week making readers theater podcasts of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas using Garage Band.  I know it’s too late for most of you to do a Christmas podcast, but I thought I’d share the steps we took in case you’d like to try it using any type of reader’s theater or poem.

Once you open up Garage Band, make sure you’re on the New Project tab and select Podcast.  Save it as whatever you’d like to call it and press Create. 

It’s best to record the audio portion first.  Click on either Male or Female Basic at the top left.  (It really doesn’t matter which one you choose.)  To record, press the red record button at the very bottom.  Hit the space bar or stop button to stop your recording. 

To play your recording back, drag the arrow (with the red line attached) to the beginning and press play or hit the space bar.  The space bar is also used to pause and stop.  Since my kids were taking turns reading their parts, I had them stop between each stanza of the poem.  If they made a mistake, they could easily delete their section without messing with the entire recording. 

Once my students were satisfied with the audio, they took pictures of the illustrations they made to go with each scene using Photobooth.  (This could also obviously be done with a camera if you prefer.)

They then dragged each individual picture into Garage Band above the corresponding audio clip.  In the picture below, you can see that the purple bubbles (audio) are lined up with the gray bubbles (pictures). 

The last step is to export it as an AAC encoder as shown below.  I uploaded all the podcasts to my classroom website so the families could enjoy them over break.  We also presented them to our first grade reading buddies today and they loved it!:)  Click HERE to view one of my groups’ podcast. 


  1. I love this idea, Kristen! I did something similar with my class last week. We used iMovie to record their Santa's New Suit stories. I've never used Garage Band in the classroom, but will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    EduKate and Inspire

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