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Student Run Newscast Project Based Learning
This resource is a bundle of my 5 New Segment Project Based Learning Enrichment Packets, complete with job descriptions, graphic organizers and the writing process. Each one is centered around completing a news segment that when put altogether, creates a complete classroom news broadcast. Each segment includes engaging tasks, graphic organizers, informative writing lessons and research strategies that give students a voice and choice in their investigations and are highly engaging and motivating! This project is designed to be completed in 2 weeks, after the digital citizenship lessons.
This project based learning (PBL) student run newscast was created to start a real student broadcast in a 3rd grade classroom, but can be adapted for grades 2-8. The purpose of this project was to find a fun way to teach all of our 2nd semester reported standards that would include reading, writing, science, social studies, math and the Universal Constructs. This product includes 5 digital citizenship lessons to use before starting research, 20 informative writing type lessons, 23 literature circle type job packets and press passes with 3-5 student jobs per news segment. Segments include weather, sports, debate, math is everywhere and histories mysteries, which includes past and current events. This project works really well with a Daily 5 type/ Literature Circle framework (15 minute mini lesson + five 15 minute rounds). Each student completes an individual job within their news (literature circle) group. Once all jobs are complete, each group will present and or record their news segment. All news segments will be clipped together to create a complete news program. These could also be done as student presentations.
Type of Project: Simulation/ real student run News Program
Driving Question: How does a newscast help us communicate with one another?
Tangible Outcomes: Student Newscast Program
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.
Materials Needed: (not included) Video camera or iPad, laptops, PowerPoint, projector, tripod,, lanyards (for press passes), video creation tool such as iMovie, segment props.
Context: Students will create a student run newscast program to share with the world. Students will complete literature circle type jobs with the end product of a news segment that will be a part of the student news program. The news segments include current events, weather, sports, history, debate and math is everywhere.
Student voice and choice: Students will be assigned a role for the newscast. They will get to choose the story they decide to report out on and will write their own script. Students will create their own background that will be used with the green screen.
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
Science: 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2, 3-ESS3-1
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
Before: Safe Online Research: Real or Hoax (included) Analyze a Newscast (included)
Is It Newsworthy? (included)
How To Pitch A News Story (included)
Both Sides Of An Argument (included)
During: (Not Included)
Reading A Non-Fiction Text
Asking and Answering Questions Using Textual Evidence Informational Writing
Using Graphic Organizers To Collect Notes During Research Using Notes To Write A Summary
Individual Newscast Checklist
Editing Checklist/Peer Editing Group Newscast Checklist
Exit Tickets: Newscast Notes
Suggested Timeline: 2-3 weeks
Would You Rather?
All About Them Books: Reading Rainbow Style Book Talk
Historian: Past & Present Events
School Scoop: School News
Local Scoop: Local News
National Scoop: National News
World Scoop: Global News
School Math Detective
Community Math Detective
National Math Detective
Global Math Detective
Weather Word Nerd
Severe Weather Reporter
Digital Weather Editor
Wacky Sports Reporter
Athlete Of The Week Interviewer
Local Sports Reporter
National Sports Reporter
Mystery Sports Reporter
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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