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Keywords: news, newscast
Subject(s): Math, Civics, Science, Grammar, Spelling, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Photography, Information Skills, Reading, Animation, Writing, Technology, Geography, History, Video
Grades 2 through 8
School: Dozier Elementary School, Erath, LA
Planned By: Suzette Stutes
Original Author: Suzette Stutes, Erath
Elementary.Middle School Level Newscast

Co-Authored with Stacy Bodin

News segment will include national, state and local news. It will also include weather, sports and more.

Goal: To help the students understand what newscasts bring to the world. Why are they important to us? How can they help us?

The students will learn the difference between national, state and local levels. They will also learn more about weather and the terms used.

Time Span (10-14 days one hour a day). Optional Lesson for beginners: Have the students write a weather report and filmi that. It is an easy way to get started to learn the ropes of videoing and writing news segments. Then move toward more later on.Grade Level Expectation:

GLE's ELA-English/Language Arts
•Retell a story in sequence including main idea and important supporting details (ELA-1-E5)
•Make statements about how previous reading and life experiences relate to information read in texts. (ELA-1-E6)
•Demonstrate understanding of information in texts by making simple inferences about information in texts (ELA-7-E1)
•Discuss and choose the most appropriate solution to a problem in texts (ELA-7-E2)
•Apply basic reasoning skills, including discussing the relationship between cause-effect (ELA-7-E4)20b.Apply basic reasoning skills including, asking questions about texts read independently including why and how ELA-7E4)\
•Adjust speaking tone and volume to suit purpose, audience, and setting (ELA-4-E1)
•Tell and retell stories with supportive facts and details from the story (ELA-4-E3)
•Deliver informal presentations that demonstrate an understanding of a topic (ELA-4-E4)
•Use active listening strategies, including asking for clarification and explanations (ELA-4-E5)
•Give oral responses, including telling stories and personal experiences (ELA-4-E5)
•Give oral responses, including giving explanations and reports (ELA-4-E5)
•Compare ideas from a wide variety of media (ELA-4-E6)
•Discuss classroom procedures and rules and generate ideas for new procedures and rules (ELA-4-E7)
•Identify the role of discussion leader, contributor, and active listener (ELA-4-E7)
•Use technology to publish a variety of works, including simple research reports and book summaries (ELA-5-E4

GLE's-Social Studies
•Describe basic characteristics of maps and globes (G-1A-E1)
•Use cardinal directions to locate places on maps and places in the classroom, school, and community (G-1A-E2)
•Identify geographical features in the local region (G-1A-E2)
•Describe how location, weather, and physical environment affect where and how people live (G-1B-E1)
•Identify the human characteristics of the local community (G-1B-E2)
•Describe changes in the physical and human characteristics in the local community and why people modify the physical environment over time (G-1B-E3)
•Identify local community and parish laws, and the persons responsible for making and enforcing them (C-1A-E1)
•Identify the necessity of local government and how it helps meet the basic needs of society (C-1A-E2)
•Describe major responsibilities of local government (C-1A-E4)
• Identify key government positions at the local level, their powers, and limits on their powers (C-1A-E5)
•Explain how government officials at the local level are elected (C-1A-E6)
•Identify similarities and differences in communities over time (H-1A-E2)
•Identify sources where historical information can be found and how that information can be used (H-1A-E3)
•Locate general areas on maps and globes referenced in historical stories and legends (H-1A-E3)
Families and Communities
•Compare and contrast the student’s daily life to that of parents, grandparents, and/or guardians (H-1B-E1)
•Identify and describe the significance of various community landmarks and symbols (H-1C-E2)

•Read a thermometer in degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius and interpret the temperature (M-1-E)
•Collect and organize data using observations, surveys, and experiments (D-1-E)
•Construct and read line plots and tables (D-2-E)
•Interpret pictographs in which each picture represents more than one object (D-2-E)
•Solve logic problems involving two sets by using elementary set logic (i.e., and, or, and is/is not statements) (D-3-E)

•Express data in a variety of ways by constructing illustrations, graphs, charts, tables, concept maps, and oral and written explanations as appropriate (SI-E-A5) (SI-E-B4)
•Gather, record, and graph weather data (e.g., precipitation, wind speed, wind direction, temperature) using appropriate instruments (ESS-E-A4)
•Analyze recorded daily temperatures and weather conditions from newspapers, television, the Internet, and home/outdoor thermometers (ESS-E-A4)

Lesson Plan:

1. First Production Meeting (If possible, show a short newscast that is videoed or a children's newscast.)Teacher records information given for later use. Graphic organizers are excellent tools for each segment of the news.
Questions are presented and discussed. Question addressed were…

•What is a newscast?
•What happens on a news report?
•Names some segments on the news you have seen.
•What is National, State and Local News?
•What is involved in weather and sports reports?
•How does the news affect everyone?
•How important are weather reports?
•What kind of role do they play in our world?
•Can you name some local news reporters?
•Bring in school news
•Have students bring in topics for the next meeting.

2. Second Production Meeting (Discussions-Decisions)
•Ask the students for topics at the National Level (Use a US Map to explain National)
•Ask the students for topics at the State Level (Use a state map to introduce State News)
•Ask the students for topics at the Local Level (Use an area map to introduce Local-Parish News)
•Ask the students for topics for school news
•They vote on topics at each level.
List the levels National-State-Local-School-Weather-Sports-Special News on the board or on a chart and offer the opportunity for the children to volunteer for the roles in a newscast and how would the topics be researched. A director must also be chosen.
•For the students not wishing to report, they may be used to help film, take pictures, build the set, etc. It is important that every child be offered the opportunity to participate. This is meant to be a positive activity. If a child is too shy for a speaking part, have them understand the importance of the "behind the scene" crew. Explain the production crew is just as important and the Anchor/Reporter Crew.
•Once signed up, each group will meet and have a discussion on "how" to locate "FACTUAL" information about their topic.
•The teacher should begin bookmarking "safe and appropriate sites" for the children to use as research. Here are a few sites that are geared for children.
•The class needs to decide if a special guest will be interviewed. The director or Co Anchors may email questions to the guests ahead of time.
•Reasearched topics should be printed for children to make general reports.

3. Third Production Meeting (Writing)
•In groups, now the children begin trying to locate specific information for their report. Graphic organizers are excellent tools for each segment of the news to help gather thoughts.
•Each group will need a leader and secretary. The leaders guides the discussions, while the secretary writes the information for the first rough draft. the report doesn't have to long, however it does have to be accurate.
•Once the teacher reviews the written rough draft, the students will be allowed to type on computers/lap tops. (The groups should share in the typing. Maybe a sentence or two if possible.) It is important that all students feel a part of the project.
•The rough draft is printed and discussed. If time, the team proofreads it and corrects it. They may do this several times before the final draft is printed. It is crucial that they understand that proofreading and editing plays a critical role anytime something is written!

4. Compiling Reports- (Teacher compiles and creates a News Cast)
•Children with speaking parts will take home copies to practice at home for at least 2 nights.

5. Build Set
•Create a sign with News name
•Create a back panels for back drop (Draped cheap material is great)
•Need a white piece on the panel to use as a "white screen" to show segment names (Optional)
•If you work on the above, create a Powerpoint Slide Show to display in the background as the reporters are reporting the news.
•Get a desk or small table
•Get a digital video camera with appropriate extension cords and a tripod.
•Have a digital video tape for the camera
•Charge batteries if necessary
•Digital Camera for photographs
•Get a microphone if needed.
•Prepare a lap top or computer/Projector to generate the background pictures if necessary.
•Great to have on hand: straight pins, safety pins, scissors, large tape (mailing), scotch tape, stapler, staples, etc.

6. Practice Run of Newscast
•Have the students practice their parts the day before filming to assure smoother taping segments.

7. Film the Newscast using the student built set. Assign one or two students to take still random shots. These can be used during the introduction section of the reporters and throughout the segments.

8. Preparing to create and CD or DVD (Optional)
•To create a CD or DVD, the teacher may use Movie Maker with Windows XP machines or use a program such as Adobe Premiere or a similar editing program.

9. Capturing and Editing
•Capture the footage using a fire wire and edit in the Movie Maker or other filming program. You may need to contact your Technology Leader in your area for assistance in working with this.

10. Sharing Newscast With Children -View the Newscast

11. Assessing their Newscast
•To conclude the project, the students were asked to write brief summaries were learned from creating and producing their own newscast. As a culminating a unique K-DOZ NEWSCAST (computer generated) book was created explaining the production process.

2nd grade Clips, photos @ http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/smbodin/K%20DOZ%20TV%202/KDOZ05HOME.htm
This can be done at any grade level from 2nd through 8th grade.

This can be adapted and flip cams can be used instead of digial video recorders.

Suggestion: Students can bring DVD's to burn for them to have copies of their work.

Stacy Bodin did this several times with her 2nd graders during her teaching career. The students always chose the KDOZ TV 2 title. The K was placed because area news stations begin with K in our area. "DOZ" was short for Dozier and they chose TV 2 because they were in 2nd grade.

Stacy and I both feel it is important to personalize the newscast to reflect their opinions, etc.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Ties in skills for ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science.
Have the students write about what they learned from doing the newscast.
Links: Stacy Bodin's Notes for Newscast for 2nd Grade
Materials: Flash/USB Drives, Mice, Ports and Hubs, Bags and Cases, Headsets, Keyboards, Power, Computer Accessories, Cables, CDs and DVDs, Memory Cards, Tripods, Batteries, Camera Bags, Camera/Video Accessories, Printers, Digital Voice Recorders, Microphones, PA Systems, Projector Screens, Portable, Point and Shoot, Flip Video, Video Cameras, Mobile Labs, Whiteboards