Over the past 2 months, Ms. Hocking’s PreK class has been studying weather. In collaboration with the media center, students have participated in several learning activities to prepare for giving their own weather forecast. Students have watched videos of meteorologists giving weather forecasts and made lists of words that the meteorologist used. They have studied various weather words and what they each mean. Students toured our broadcast room at school and learned about the different jobs that our 5th grade BTV crew performs each morning. They learned about producers, assistant producers, video mixers, audio technicians, anchors, and camera crew. Next, students worked with their teacher, paraprofessional, parent volunteers, and me (the media specialist) to write their own scripts for their weather forecast. After scripts were written, these same adults guided students in creating cue cards for their weather reports. Students then spent several days practicing their scripts and cue cards in class.
Finally, the big day arrived and the preK students came into the broadcast room buzzing with excitement. Each one assumed a role in the weather forecast: 2 anchors, producer, camera, and cue card holder. Each forecast was recorded and uploaded to Teacher Tube for the class to enjoy and share with the world. Please take time to enjoy their weather forecasts. What an amazing technology, science, and literacy project with such early learners!