We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA

Grade Levels: 3 - 6


  • Students will integrate writing, reading, and oral language.
  • Students will become familiar with public service announcements.


  • Writing materials
  • Media equipment
  • Examples of Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
  • Optional: Camera, video camera, or tape recorder to record students' PSAs


  1. Divide the class into groups. Three to six children per group, depending on the children's talents and the size of the project.
  2. Model. Allow children to listen to or watch a PSA as a model for the activity they will engage in.
  3. Brainstorm. What messages does the public need to hear about REDUCING, REUSING, and RECYCLING and protecting wildlife? What are some slogans (such as "Don't Throw It All Away" or "Put Litter in Its Place") that can be used?
  4. Write. Each group creates a "spot" (as broadcasters call them) with a statement of the problem, a suggestion, and a slogan. A writer's workshop approach with peer conferences to refine and organize is highly recommended.
  5. "Publish." Videotape or otherwise record the spot. The group may want to choose their best reader or "turn-read" in which each member takes a portion. The recorded "spots" can be shared with other classes and make great presentations at the PTA, PTO, Home-School Association, or open house.

Excerpted from Themes Across the Curriculum.

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