Sunday, September 13, 2009

We Interrupt This Blog for This Public Service Announcement

crossposted @ Mrs. Kolbert’s Class Blog

In class we are studying hurricanes and my students will begin to create preparedness brochures and Public Service Announcements. I think it will be a great learning opportunity for them to condense all they've learned and prepare a few points to share and help others. I'm not sure how familiar they are with PSAs but they most likely will have seen a Safety on the Internet PSA while watching TV. When I was really young, I can remember watching Smokey The Bear tell me that --only "I" could prevent forest fires.-- That PSA actually had the unintended consequences of making me feel guilty because I wasn't in the forest and I wondered who would prevent them if I wasn't there.

After we spend a few minutes discussing what a PSA is, the students will be divided into small groups, storyboard their ideas, write a brief script and shoot their videos. I own two Flipcams and have asked my students' parents if they have any they'd be willing to loan us for the project. At some point, I hope to raise some money to buy 5 or 6 for the classroom to do projects such as this.

Below is a PSA some of us might remember. Do you know of any PSAs and if so, what did you learn from them?

2 comments:

MrsE said...

PSAs are a great project for students. I bookmarked a couple of resources you may not have seen:
http://makeitinteresting.blogspot.com/2009/02/lesson-plan.html
and from Kathy Schrock (you probably have seen this page) http://kathyschrock.net/psa/
and the top ten from Time (not sure what grade your students are so some of these may not be appropriate) http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1920454_1920455,00.html

Erica Fritsche said...

This sounds like a great idea. I work in a school with limited funding and was wondering how you plan to raise the money for the flip cams. These seem like a great tool- light weight and easy for the kids to use.