We Interrupt this Blog for this Public Service Announcement

Filed Under (science, social studies, Uncategorized) by Lee Kolbert on 13-09-2009 and tagged , ,

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?

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Mr Webb & Room Eight on 14 September, 2009 at 6:12 am #

I was sure that we were visiting this blog and had left comments – but then if the cluster map is to believed you have had no visitors from New Zealand – or Australia! Can’t believe it!
Mr Webb, Room 8, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.

Lee Kolbert Reply:

Hello Mr. Webb,
The ClusterMap will only grab visitors since I installed it. I should have thought to do it right from the start. Thank you for visiting now and please tell all your friends. :)
Mrs. Kolbert

fivbert on 15 September, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

I wrote about some PSAs that are curently up on the web re: swine flue and washng your hands. See them at my blog post:

Leo k on 19 September, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

I know that PSA’s are short little videos just about 2 minutes teaching a lesson about a certain thing that kids should NOT do.At the end of the video,someone comes up and tells you the message just to make sure that you understand the whole video

Jessica on 21 September, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

Some PSA’s I know of are ones with Mcguff the crime dog in them. One of them is him talking about don’t talk to strangers. Usually PSA’s are short videos that teach kids about what is good and bad.

y0 on 24 September, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

i LOVE eating right. its fun

gabbyg on 16 October, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

a PSA is a short video that teach kids about things that are good and bad and how to stop doing the bad thigs and only do the good things.a few i know of are from mcruff the crime dog who has so many that he does