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Student Video Focus Is Climate Change, Lobsters

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Student Video Focus Is Climate Change, Lobsters
Posted on 06/12/2019
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Presumpscot Elementary School third-graders, guided by teachers Rebecca Maiorano and Kellie Kodz, have created a powerful PSA video, "The Truth about Climate Change," as the culminating project for their 2019 lobster expedition. Central to their study this year was an examination of the impact of rising ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine on the lobstering economy.

Rebecca Maiorano was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Foundation for Portland Public Schools to work with Side x Side teaching artist Cat LaBarre in the making of the PSA.

Students visited Southern Maine Community College marine science professor Brian Tarbox and interviewed Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca, and Robert Wood of The Nature Conservancy for this project.

In creating the video, students engaged in an intensive study of the topic, created a storyboard, wrote interview questions, conducted interviews, wrote the narration, acted, filmed and took photos, recorded the voiceover, and created visuals (lobster drawings and greenhouse effect poster). Side x Side assisted in storyboarding, taking photos and filming and editing.

The students worked collaboratively creating multiple drafts of their script to achieve the highest quality work. This group of students is practiced in presentation skills, as they also created a PSA two years ago for the culminating product for their intensive study of the salt marsh.

Presumpscot is an expeditionary learning school that is part of the EL Education network. The video has been accepted for Models of Excellence after having been nominated for the honor by Ron Berger, Chief Academic Officer at EL. Models of Excellence is an open-source platform for exemplary, high quality student work that serves as a model of inspiration and aspiration for teaching and learning.

View the students’ video at: https://vimeo.com/340555393