Smash! Boom! Best! Debating

Knowledge Constructor


Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids.  Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Debaters use facts and passion to make their case... teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.

Students will learn how to form an opinion using details and facts from the podcast debate.

Students will:

  • Be able to use their listening skills as they log on to Smash Boom Best Debates.
  • Be able to complete a graphic organizer sorting the information between the two topics being debated as they listen to the podcast.
  • Be able to take their own side and provide reasons why they chose the side that they did using facts and details through a presentation or a written persuasive writing piece.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Debate: A debate is a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.

  2. 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.

  3. Persuasive Writing: Persuasive writing is a piece of writing in which the writer uses words to convince the reader that the writer's opinion is correct with regard to an issue.

To prepare for this lesson:

Note: The teacher should preview debates prior to assigning to students. Debates are approximately 20-30 minutes long. This activity can be used weekly for students to do as they complete their classwork, or assigned for specific content connections. Depending on the topic, they may be used for lower grades. ELA Common Core Standards

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

Directions for this activity:

  1. Students listen/watch What is a Podcast? video.

  2. Students listen/watch What is Debate? video.

  3. Students listen to assigned debate podcast.

  4. Students complete the graphic organizer to sort out information from the debate.

  5. Students complete a written taking their side on the debate using details and facts form the podcast debate.

  6. Students can use the following:

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Exit tickets with one-two facts on the debate topic.
  • Have students share thoughts about debate and which side they chose in group discussion.
  • Students create a slideshow with the pros and cons of the topic.

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

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Free Graphic Organizers

How to Write a Persuasive Essay
Persuasion Map

Persuasive Writing

Smash Boom Best Debate Podcast

What is a Debate Video Tutorial

What is a Podcast Video Tutorial


Students write a summary of their learning and what side they chose.

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

Students create topics for their own debates in science.

Students create debates on Social studies topics or people in history.

This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, July 2019. Updated January 2022.