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First Page Of News Flash

This writing activity provides a series of photographs and movies surrounding the subject of a fire in an apartment house complex and the involvement of fire fighters as they respond to an eight alarm fire. The narration for the scene is provided by a fictional local television newscaster (Lynn) as he or she reports on what is happening live.

Once the photographs, movies and narration are complete, the children are told that they are reporters for the local newspaper. They have to recreate the scene using photographs and clipart and then write an article for the newspaper. We have used a modified version of the IntelliTools Science in the News template to create the reporting environment within the newsroom.

Image©2005 Ann Brundige Screenshot from News Flash activity.
News Room Writing Page

Students can create multiple stories using different backgrounds and characters if they choose. Auditory instructions are provided on each page to guide the child through the writing process.

Please note that the clipart used with the newsroom “create a scene” portion of the activity are from the Nova Development Art Explosion Collection of over 800,000 images. Reuse of the image is prohibited unless you own a copy of the aforementioned collection. The photographs and movies within the activity are copyrighted by Learning Magic, Inc.

The two activities can be run on the IntelliTools Classroom Suite Player. But IntelliPics Studio 3® is needed to perform any editing or changes to the activities.

Applications needed: IntelliTools Classroom Suite®, IntelliTools Classroom Suite Player®, or IntelliPics Studio 3®.
Curriculum area: Language Arts.
Level: Grades 3-5.

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April 17th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

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