Haymarket Elementary School’s Travel News Show

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Haymarket Elementary students have become travel news show reporters. They are covering everything from the Coastal Plain to the Appalachian Plateau to get the scoop on Virginia’s offerings.

Students in Amy Hale’s fourth-grade class were tasked with creating a Virginia Travel News. The recorded program required student reporters to feature the geographical regions of the state, spotlighting the state’s natural resources. The assignment also included encouraging tourism in Virginia.

Students used communication, collaboration, and creation to complete this project. They worked in groups sharing the research responsibility, and then collaborated to write the script for the show.

The shows were recorded in front of a green screen, technology that superimposes subjects onto a virtual background. Students served in production roles including director, camera operator, news anchor, and travel show reporter(s). All students were researchers, using class notes, textbooks, and online resources to gather information.

“The students are highly motivated and engaged when they know they will have an audience,” said Hale. “It’s all about teaching them to communicate, collaborate, and problem-solve. They we put that all together to create an end product that showcases their knowledge.”

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