Students in Kimberly Hahn’s second-grade class at Three Fires Elementary hope to make the world a better place with their public service announcements (PSAs). Working in groups, the students created 30-second PSAs focused on the areas of building character, promoting healthy living, and celebrating diversity. The students have entered their PSAs into the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival. A public vote will determine winners of the film festival. The videos and voting website can be found by clicking here.
The students used Project Based Learning to create their videos. To start, the students researched what a PSA is and what makes an effective PSA. They then selected their topics and researched them before beginning to work on their scripts and storyboards. Once the students had finalized their scripts and storyboards, they created their props and started filming their PSAs. With filming completed the students edited their films to create their final PSA.
“The students worked so hard on their PSAs, and each one shares a very important message. Throughout the project students were engaged and were excited to research, write, plan and film their PSAs, ” said Hahn. “I am very proud of all of their hard work.”
“It (the project) was about making sure people are healthy, they build character, or they celebrate diversity. We looked through books, we read a third-grade book, and that gave us a ton of ideas,” said Melody, Three Fires Elementary second grade student. “ Everybody came up with catchy slogans like build people up and eat healthily,” added RJ, Three Fires Elementary second grade student.
Voting in the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival runs through March 29, 2019. Four classroom grants will be awarded for each of the three film festival categories. Individuals may vote once per day through the end of the contest.