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We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA

Students write and produce public service announcements that ask people to REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE. This is the perfect activity to celebrate America Recycles Day (November 15) and Earth Day (April 22) with.
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Objectives

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

Materials

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

Procedures

  1. Divide the class into groups. Three to six children per group, dependingon 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 someslogans (such as "Don't Throw It All Away" or "Put Litter in Its Place") thatcan be used?
  4. Write. Each group creates a "spot" (as broadcasters call them) with astatement of the problem, a suggestion, and a slogan. A writer's workshopapproach with peer conferences to refine and organize is highly recommended.
  5. "Publish." Videotape or otherwise record the spot. The group may want tochoose their best reader or "turn-read" in which each member takes a portion. The recorded "spots" can be shared with other classes and makegreat presentations at the PTA, PTO, Home-School Association, or openhouse.

Excerpted from Themes Across the Curriculum.

Excerpted from

Themes Across the Curriculum
Karl A. Matz
Twelve thematic teaching units with over 50 teacher-led activities and over 160 illustrated activity sheets, reproducible bulletin board patterns, personal reading records, and content activities.