High School students become newscasters - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

High School students become newscasters

Posted: Updated:

Great Falls - In light of Earth Day on Saturday, some high schoolers are learning all about the history of this holiday. However, there was a special lesson in one Earth Science class, and it's one educators are calling "project based learning." 

Top of the news Friday: climate change. 

Freshman Joe Berlinger and Declan Okes appear focused when they're cued during their newscast, and Friday's show will be short and to the point, because they only have two topics to talk about.

"Climate change leading to civil unrest amongst humans," said Okes.

"Farm animals being bred to adjust to earth's warming climate," said Berlinger. 

Their newscast is one of several that are recorded, downloaded and eventually graded at Great Falls High School. 

"We have been learning how global warming is affecting our oceans and the animals in them," said Brianna Edwards, a freshman.

"So when we talk about that they're like 'wait this entire reef is dying? And we're like yeah unfortunately. So we talk about what we can do to prevent global warming," said teacher Brett Riss.

They're doing more than talking and anchoring..Teacher Brett Riss says his students are participating in what he calls "project based learning." 

"Where you basically take your traditional worksheet, quiz and test and put it aside. So where I would have given a worksheet and say 'here's how you adapt to climate change.' They're taking ownership of it, which is a hallmark of project based learning" said Riss. 

As part of the project, students were assigned to read an article relating to climate change--and then discuss it in their news clips.
However, throughout the week long project, students are also putting their technology skills to the test.

"We did two interviews and I was the interviewee, and then I'm helping with some editing," said Sam Schlimm, a freshman. 

By the time their newscasts have ended, these freshmen are taking away one last talking point..about climate change.

"I didn't think it was such as big deal at first. And then we learned how much it's affecting everything around us," said Gabrielle Nadeau, a freshman. 

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Update: Fatal crashed reported in Pondera County

    Thursday, January 18 2018 7:35 PM EST2018-01-19 00:35:27 GMT

    Montana Highway Patrol responded to a fatal vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Pondera County near the Heart Butte area. The accident took place on Heart Butte Road right in front of the U.S. Postal Office. The call came in over dispatch about 5:30 a.m. and took MHP troopers almost two hours to respond to the scene. Right now it is unclear what caused the accident or if anyone else was hurt or killed. We are working to find out more details.

    Montana Highway Patrol responded to a fatal vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Pondera County near the Heart Butte area. The accident took place on Heart Butte Road right in front of the U.S. Postal Office. The call came in over dispatch about 5:30 a.m. and took MHP troopers almost two hours to respond to the scene. Right now it is unclear what caused the accident or if anyone else was hurt or killed. We are working to find out more details.

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden to visit Montana in March

    Former Vice President Joe Biden to visit Montana in March

    Thursday, January 18 2018 11:24 AM EST2018-01-18 16:24:34 GMT
    Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Montana Democrats' annual fundraising dinner in March.   “We’re proud to have Vice President Biden join us to kick off what will be an exciting election year for Democrats here in Big Sky Country," said Nancy Keenan, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party, in a statement Thursday. "I'm looking forward to hosting him in Montana, and showing him the enthusiasm and excitement t...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Montana Democrats' annual fundraising dinner in March.   “We’re proud to have Vice President Biden join us to kick off what will be an exciting election year for Democrats here in Big Sky Country," said Nancy Keenan, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party, in a statement Thursday. "I'm looking forward to hosting him in Montana, and showing him the enthusiasm and excitement t...
  • MT Secretary of State criticizes media through public email blast

    MT Secretary of State criticizes media through public email blast

    Thursday, January 18 2018 12:47 PM EST2018-01-18 17:47:29 GMT

    BILLINGS- Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton sent an email to thousands of residents warning them to be suspicious of mainstream media.

    BILLINGS- Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton sent an email to thousands of residents warning them to be suspicious of mainstream media.

  • Montana man arrested in "shoot up the Capitol" threat

    Montana man arrested in "shoot up the Capitol" threat

    Thursday, January 18 2018 4:52 PM EST2018-01-18 21:52:48 GMT

    HELENA- A 40-year-old Montana man is receiving in-patient mental health treatment after he allegedly threatened to "shoot up the Capitol." Helena police say they heard a tip on Mon., Jan. 16 about a Gallatin County man who'd been making violent threats. 

    HELENA- A 40-year-old Montana man is receiving in-patient mental health treatment after he allegedly threatened to "shoot up the Capitol." Helena police say they heard a tip on Mon., Jan. 16 about a Gallatin County man who'd been making violent threats. 

  • CHTC And Chris Bangle Present REDS: A Space That Became A Fully Electric City Car

    CHTC And Chris Bangle Present REDS: A Space That Became A Fully Electric City Car

    REDS is a project developed by Chris Bangle and his team for CHTC (China Hi-Tech Group Corporation). It is not a concept car, a research program or a design exercise for an indefinite future: instead it is the first phase...
    REDS is a project developed by Chris Bangle and his team for CHTC (China Hi-Tech Group Corporation). It is not a concept car, a research program or a design exercise for an indefinite future: instead it is the first phase...
  • NewsMore>>

  • Despite threats, Capitol workers feel safe

    Despite threats, Capitol workers feel safe

    Thursday, January 18 2018 7:37 PM EST2018-01-19 00:37:52 GMT
    HELENA, Mont.- A major threat to the state capitol as a man is taken into custody after telling police he was planning to "shoot up" the building.  Police say he may have been on his way to the capitol when he was caught. On Tuesday, the man told officers he planned to shoot up the Capitol the next day. Teams in Bozeman and Helena worked together to identify the suspect-- a 40-year-old Belgrade man. Yesterday they learned he had left Belgrade on his way to Helena. H...
    HELENA, Mont.- A major threat to the state capitol as a man is taken into custody after telling police he was planning to "shoot up" the building.  Police say he may have been on his way to the capitol when he was caught. On Tuesday, the man told officers he planned to shoot up the Capitol the next day. Teams in Bozeman and Helena worked together to identify the suspect-- a 40-year-old Belgrade man. Yesterday they learned he had left Belgrade on his way to Helena. H...
  • Update: Fatal crashed reported in Pondera County

    Thursday, January 18 2018 7:35 PM EST2018-01-19 00:35:27 GMT

    Montana Highway Patrol responded to a fatal vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Pondera County near the Heart Butte area. The accident took place on Heart Butte Road right in front of the U.S. Postal Office. The call came in over dispatch about 5:30 a.m. and took MHP troopers almost two hours to respond to the scene. Right now it is unclear what caused the accident or if anyone else was hurt or killed. We are working to find out more details.

    Montana Highway Patrol responded to a fatal vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Pondera County near the Heart Butte area. The accident took place on Heart Butte Road right in front of the U.S. Postal Office. The call came in over dispatch about 5:30 a.m. and took MHP troopers almost two hours to respond to the scene. Right now it is unclear what caused the accident or if anyone else was hurt or killed. We are working to find out more details.

  • MAGIE expo is here in the Electric City

    MAGIE expo is here in the Electric City

    Thursday, January 18 2018 7:16 PM EST2018-01-19 00:16:40 GMT
    Its that time of year Again for those who are looking to buy that new tractor they have been eying all year or just to get some financial advice for anything Ag-related and MAGIE is the place to be. Thursday kicked off the event at the Montana Expo Park is where you can talk to over 300 vendors selling everything from handheld tools all the way to monster truck sized tractors. This year is the opportunity for farmers, ranchers or just people who love agriculture, to learn about the n...
    Its that time of year Again for those who are looking to buy that new tractor they have been eying all year or just to get some financial advice for anything Ag-related and MAGIE is the place to be. Thursday kicked off the event at the Montana Expo Park is where you can talk to over 300 vendors selling everything from handheld tools all the way to monster truck sized tractors. This year is the opportunity for farmers, ranchers or just people who love agriculture, to learn about the n...
  • Montana's little learners

    Montana's little learners

    Thursday, January 18 2018 7:05 PM EST2018-01-19 00:05:26 GMT

    Your child's preschool education could be getting a big boost thanks to the Governor. This week Bullock announced more funding for high-quality preschool. Over $1.3 Million in supplemental funding is going towards more at risk Montana children.

    Your child's preschool education could be getting a big boost thanks to the Governor. This week Bullock announced more funding for high-quality preschool. Over $1.3 Million in supplemental funding is going towards more at risk Montana children.

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.