1000 to 1030 Grade 3. Chp 23. Page 133-137


  1. Flip on a few minutes of a news broadcast. Watch a news anchor deliver a story, and ask your child to look for three things: what the newscaster is saying, what gestures she’s making, and whether she refers to anything–a chart, map, cable interview–to make her point. If your child wishes, you may even want to compare and contrast that newscaster with another one.
  2. Now explain that you will be making her own News Broadcast Presentation on any recent piece of family news. She’ll be the anchor.
  3. Of course, any great newscast requires surprising amounts of planning. For starters, you’ll need a topic. Here are some classic ideas, but don’t let them limit you!

o Our Pet’s Latest Wild Deeds

o Tuesday’s Surprise School Lunch: To Eat or Not to Eat?

o Big Family News

o Our Family Vacation

o My Top Three Favorite Things About School This Year

  1. Take out your five pieces of blank paper, and in large block letters, use a marker to write one word on each one: Who, What, Where, When, and Why it’s Important. Use a pencil to brainstorm specific details on the paper, and talk, talk, talk about how a real newscaster would deliver the story so that it really caught the audience’s attention.
  2. Make a relevant visual aid, such as a picture collage, chart, or map; or perhaps your child can plan a mock interview with another family member, asking questions such as:

o What do you know about this event (or problem)?

o What facts or information do you have which leads you to believe this?

o What do you like or dislike most about this event?

o Do you have a solution to this problem or suggestion?

o What do you want future generations to know about this?

  1. You’re ready to film! Set up a table and chair in front of a good backdrop, set up any musical background you like, and then bring on the news. Remind your young reporter to introduce herself, and to remember any special intended audience members, as well (Hi, Grandma!). Then hold up the cue cards one by one to let her unreel her story.

7. Just as in real broadcasting, you can always experiment with multiple “takes.” But what’s most important here is to encourage your child to relax and let the story flow naturally. If you do decide to re-film, invite your child to watch outtakes, and talk together about changes your child wants to make. How does she want to appear–and how can she make it happen?