Grade 3

Forever Ago

Knowledge Constructor


Forever Ago is a history podcast show for the whole family. Each episode explores the origin of one thing while teaching students to think critically about the past.

Students will:

  • Be able to create a set of questions on a specific topic, listen to a podcast then create a presentation with their questions being answered.

Vocabulary Words:

  • Podcast: A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.


To prepare for this lesson:

  • The teacher selects and listens to a Forever Ago topic.
  • The teacher has a link for students to log on to the Forever Ago podcast in their Learning Management System or bookmark website. 
  • Have headphones available for student use.
  • Introduce Podcasting to students with videos and discussion.
  • View the pre-activities for listening skills.
  • The teacher will watch What is a podcast? video

Note: The teacher should preview all topics prior to assigning to students. They are approximately 30 minutes long.

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. The students listen/watch: What is a Podcast? Video.
  2. The students are given the podcast topic.
  3. The students create a list of questions connected to the topic. This can be done independently or with a team.
  4. The students listen to assigned podcast topic.
  5. The students revisit the questions that they had on the topic with the team.
  6. The students share learnings with class.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Exit tickets with one-two facts on the Forever Ago topic.
  • Have students share thoughts, interesting facts and learnings about the topic.
  • Students create a slideshow about the Forever Ago topic with Google Slides or PowerPoint.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3b. Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
3c. Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
3d. Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Forever Ago 

Pre-Activities for Listening

What is a Podcast Video

Additional Podcast sites
Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts

iHeart Radio

Radio Public




Tune In


Students write a summary of their learning.

Students can draw a poster of the topic to engage others.

Students can create math word problems about the topic.

This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools. August 2019.