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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 young scholars 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.
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 instructional activity is great, but it needs to extend to applications in the real world, bullying happens everywhere, not just in cyberspace.
Fifth graders use the internet to research a plant or animal they read about in "The Talking Earth". Using notes, they develop a graphic organizer and use the main topics to create a HyperStudio stack. Using all of this information, they write an expository essay to end the lesson.
Analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors in health through the use of pedometers and daily walking/jogging logs with this activity. The key focus is in dealing with obesity and how small steps can help everyone stay healthy. Great activity for students of all ages.
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 lesson.
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.
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.
In this science and mass media in America worksheet, learners complete 12 fill in the blank questions and 6 multiple choice questions regarding the culture of United States
A phenomenal instructional activity 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.
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 plan is very well thought out and addresses many facets of digital literacy and online safety.
Fourth graders complete a multi-faceted project about the people, places, and government of Wisconsin. Working with traditional and technological resources, they research various topics related to the history of Wisconsin and create a Powerpoint presentation to display their information.
Ninth graders create a PowerPoint about state parks using Spanish vocabulary. In this Spanish lesson, 9th graders work in groups to research about area recreational facilities. Students use information collected on-line to create and present a slide presentation in Spanish about the state park.
High schoolers explore factors that control variation in human skin color and the implications of this information for human society. They understand that skin color is no longer considered a credible scientific standard by which to classify people into different races.
This activity seems pretty advanced for K-2nd graders, but there are some pieces that can be used with young learners. Look through this comprehensive, fact-filled activity and pull out information and activities that you can adapt to fit your grade level needs. Younger children will need help with reading and understanding the nutrition fact labels, but there is a grocery store activity that would be fun for them. 

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