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I this project, students engage in investigation of local, national and unknown sports to create a sports report. They work to complete individual tasks as well as work together as a group to collect data, research the history behind local and national sports and sports related news. Students reflect and engage in conversations about sports including less known sports or games that either don’t exist anymore, or are not popular in our area. They will teach their audience about the unknown game/sport. The students will create a minute to win it type game to challenge the athlete of the week and or coach in a beat the athlete/coach type scenario. Students are tasked with interviewing a local athlete and coach as well as highlighting and advertising for upcoming school sports.
This project may be completed in a few weeks with a focus on a specific sports season, or may be spread out across a semester or entire school year to capture more sporting events.
Students use what they learn about sports to create a print, digital or video to share with their class, school, community or the world. Each student completes a job that will become a section of the final presentation. Their jobs include a visual and written and spoken description related to sports.
•Students MUST keep their audience in mind in choosing stories to report on. If it doesn’t interest them, it won’t interest their audience.
•Local sports season: What sports are played in our school this season (fall, winter, spring, summer)?
•Sports schedules, scores and game highlights
•Interviewee: Are they good role models?
•How can we show others that math is all around us?
Type of Project: Simulation/ real student run
Driving Question: How does a newscast help us communicate with one another? How can school activities bring the community into our school?
Tangible Outcomes: Student Newscast Segment- Sports Broadcast
Timeframe: This project is designed to take 2 weeks but may be extended over a longer time period) We produce a new broadcast every 2 weeks for the entire school year. This can be adapted as an individual or group presentation.
Materials Needed: Video camera, laptops, PowerPoint, projector, tripod, iPad, lanyards, video creation tool such as iMovie, segment props.
Context: Students will create a sports segment to share with the world. Students will complete literature circle type jobs with the end product of a news segment that could be a part of a student news program. The sports news segments includes Wacky Sports Reporter, Mystery Sports Reporter, Local Sports Reporter, Athlete Of The Week Interviewer and National Sports Reporter.
Student voice and choice: Students can be assigned a role for the newscast or can choose their own role. They will get to choose the story/topic/issue they will research and report out on under their job description..
Adult World Connection: Meet with community members including school staff and students as the “experts” for their segments. Connect with business leaders in the community. Visit a newsroom and take a tour. Interview a news anchor.
Content Standards: These can be adapted for any grade.
ELA: RI.3.1, RI.3.5, RL.3.10, RF.3.3, RF.3.4, W.3.2, W.3.7, L.3.2
Math: 3.NBT.A.2, 3.OA.D.9, 3.OA.D.8, 3.OA.A.3, 3.OA.B.5
Social Studies: SS.3.19-21, SS.3.22-24, SS.3.25-26
Universal Constructs: 21.3-5.ES.1 , 21.3-5.ES.2, 21.3-5.ES.5
Lesson 1: Real Or Hoax
•Lesson 2: Narrow A Web Search
•Lesson 3: Is It Newsworthy?
•Lesson 4: Newscast Look Fors
•Lesson 5: Name Your News
•Lesson 6: Design A Logo
•Lesson 7: Design A Slogan
During: Reading A Non-Fiction Text
Asking and Answering Questions Using Textual Evidence
Using Graphic Organizers To Collect Notes During Research
Using Notes To Write A Summary
Informative writing/ research lessons included:
•Lesson 8: Select A Topic
•Lesson 9: Research Question
•Lesson 10: Subtopics
•Lesson 11: Sources
•Lesson 12: Jot Notes
•Lesson 13: Note taking
•Lesson 14: News Headline
•Lesson 15: Hook Your Audience
•Lesson 16: Introduce Your Topic: Introduction Paragraph
•Lesson 17: Subtopic Paragraphs
•Lesson 18: Conclusion Paragraph
•Lesson 19: 1st Draft
•Lesson 20: Editing Checklist
•Lesson 21: Final Draft
•Lesson 22: Newscast Storyboard
•Lesson 23: Group checklist
•Lesson 24: Individual Checklist
•Lesson 25: Exit Tickets
Individual Newscast Checklist, Editing Checklist/Peer Editing
Group Newscast Checklist, Newscast Storyboard
Exit Tickets: Newscast Notes
Suggested Timeline: 2 weeks
1.Digital Citizenship: I can identify a credible source, cite sources and narrow a web search.
2.Research Strategies: I can safely search the web. I can use multiple sources in my research.
3.Collaboration: I can collaborate with my peers to create a student new program.
4.Real World Math Connections: I can find real world examples of the math skills I’m learning about.
5.Reading Informational Text: I can read an informational text.
6.Fact & Opinion: I can understand the difference between fact and opinion. I can report using facts.
7.Speaking & Listening: I can communicate respectfully with my group members.
8.Technology: I can use technology to research and present my findings. I can produce a digital product to communicate my news story.
9.Writing: I can write an informational, persuasive or opinion piece to share my news story. I can summarize my research.
10.Grammar: I can use proper grammar and spelling in my writing.
Suggested Helpful Resources:
New-O-Matic (available as an iPad app and online). This is a great student current event, daily digital newspaper resource with stories that are happening in our world today and written for students. Each daily edition includes 5 news articles with a wide range of topics including animals, sports, politics, and current events.
Newsela: This is a great resource with multiple topics and news stories that can be filtered by lexile, grade level and topic. Students just need to pay attention to the dates on the news stories because some stories are not currently happening.
Both resources offer comprehension type quizzes, the option to save articles and highlight options within each resource. As a teacher, you can create student accounts and link them to a Google Classroom or Seesaw account for quick access.
Credits: Graphics- Educlips and Thistle Girl Designs
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