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What's Mine Isn't (Necessarily) Yours
When we use images or ideas from the Internet, we might be infringing on someone's rights. Give your class the opportunity to understand copyright and creator's rights as they evaluate fair and legal use of media found online. As they explore intellectual property, public domain, and plagiarism, they also explore how media resources can, and should, be cited. The lesson includes two distinct activities, video links, and addresses Common Core standards.
New! Getting Informed and Informing
Help your young learners understand the importance of privacy when communicating about relationship issues and sexual health. Class members are broken into groups to research various technology-based communication channels that can be used to give or acquire information, and then discuss the consequences of public/private communications.
Media: Between the Lines
Learners in grades four through eight discuss, engage, and interact online to better grasp the concept of media. They will identify types of media, deconstruct media, understand how they personally use or interact with media, and work to build digital literacy skills. Two videos, a ton of great discussion questions, two activities, and a handout make this a great resource for teaching your 21st century learners.
What is a media baby? Discuss at what age children should be exposed to electronic media. After reading an article, they identify the types of media products for infants and toddlers. Learners will predict the effects of media on the children at various stages of development. Then they will write their opinion on the marketing for this age group.
Stand Up. . . Be InCtrl!
What is the difference between a bystander and an upstander? A collaborative project created through digital media will help the class understand that they can participate in an online community respectfully and responsibly. They consider the impact of cyberbullying and how their language or actions can impact others. Then, in small groups, they create surveys to distribute, collect, and evaluate. They use the data they collected to create a campaign to stop cyberbullies. Note: The lesson is great, but it needs to extend to applications in the real world, bullying happens everywhere, not just in cyberspace.
What's Our Department Budget?
Analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health and examine a hospital budget. Learners will create a budget for a hospital taking in account factors such as staff and departmental needs and necessary expenses. they display their information using a spreadsheet.
Your Digital Footprint: Leaving a Mark
A digital footprint is the trail of personal information that comes from purchasing online, tagging friends in photos, blogging, and using social media. Kids discuss what information can be tracked, privacy, and what your digital footprint can be used for or how it can impact your future. They watch a video, engage in a class discussion, learn about cookies, and fill out a worksheet. This is an important topic that is thoroughly addressed throughout the instructional activity.
Time is In
Analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health. High schoolers will identify and recognize propaganda techniques (glittering generalities, bandwagon, sex appeal, testimonial, transfer, etc.) and write a script for their own "Keep Healthy" commercial.
Use the theme of medical mystery to engage students in analyzing the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health. They will explore problem solving and mystery diseases as they practice and improve public speaking skills.
Discovering Japan Through Cooperative Research
Search a variety of sources to create a multimedia or book project about Japan. Learners use the independent investigation method to plan and conduct research about Japan. They use the information they discover to create a computer book or a multimedia project for an oral presentation. Multiple resources and reproducible materials are included.
Shakespeare: Standing on the Bookshelves of Giant
A phenomenal lesson on Shakespeare! Middle and high school learners create WebQuests about the texts and authors that Shakespeare himself studied when he was in grammar school. They use a variety of media in order to create dramatic performances of the works that Shakespeare found inspiring.
Working Together Digitally
Now that your kids know everything about the world around them, it's time to get them familiar with the importance of connecting and communicating with other people using digital technology. They engage in two different activities that help them reflect on all the ways technology helps them research, connect, collaborate, and create. The lesson is very well thought out and addresses many facets of digital literacy and online safety.
How Media Shapes Perception
Students explain the impact that the media may have in shaping their intellectual and emotional responses to current events. They examine broadcast and Web-based news sites to find subtexts through the use of language, audio, and visual elements.
Note-Taking: K.I.S.S. "Keep It Short and Simple"
Note-taking is an essential study skill, and it needs to be taught! In the context of a research project on energy sources, learners find multiple sources, evaluating, paraphrasing, and citing them correctly. Two lists with note-taking guidelines are attached. Consider joining them into one presentation with more color and engagement for your class. Model research using the essential questions. Groups write a persuasive essay on a specific energy source. This will need more scaffolding for some of your learners.
"Energy Plus!" from Together Counts is three days worth of lessons, discussions, and activities about nutrition. The materials help you teach youngsters about eating healthy and burning calories. Energy in and energy out. Included are information on nutrition labels and food groups, links to fact sheets, a worksheet, and the website for dietary guidelines. A project incorporates what they have learned into creating either a commercial or a printed ad for a food product.
Defining Girl Power: Finding Self in the Media
Eighth graders compare the different images of girls and women in the media. In this cultural lesson, 8th graders compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy body images of women. Students analyze how media influences girls attitudes towards their appearance and sexuality.
So Much More Than a Job: An Exploration of Science and Technology in Careers
Eleventh graders are engaged in recognizing the science and technology (qualifications and/or training, knowledge, skills, abilities) that relate to careers and occupations that catch their interest.
Chapter 15: Science and the Mass Media
In this science and mass media in America worksheet, pupils complete 12 fill in the blank questions and 6 multiple choice questions regarding the culture of United States
Life Systems - Plant Growth
3rd graders will participate in a variety of tasks which help them to understand the basic concepts of plant growth. Research and reporting skills are developed as they gather information from various sources related to the use of plants by humans for food, shelter and clothing, and in the production of various products.
You, Me and Sexuality
Discuss how media influences teen sexuality by explaining the importance of values learned from family, religion and society. Learners will role play given scenarios and write a reflection after the instructional activity.