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Going Places Safely – For this lesson, I like to take students to the New England Aquarium website. If you click on “Animals and Exhibits” you can show students videos of different animals that can be seen at the aquarium. They really love watching the videos! There are many things to explore on this site, but I typically stick to viewing the videos and reading some facts about each of the species we watch. One of the bonus elements on this site is you can also send a digital postcard and review with students that you should have a trusted adult with you to send mail to other people. It’s also a fun way to review what kinds of things you can write in a friendly letter, or a nice way to see if students have been able to remember any of the facts about the animals in the videos. We usually send the postcard to the classroom teachers, and that is always a crowd pleaser.
Faux Paw the Techno Cat – being safe online This isn’t a Common Sense Media lesson, but I feel like the video does a good job of showing students that they should not give out private information on line. The video for this may be a bit scary for Kindergarten students, so you may want to give the digital book for “Faux Paw Adventures in the Internet” a try. After viewing the lesson, I ask students to draw a picture that shows how to be safe online. We also enjoy watching the NetSmartz video about staying safe online.
ABC Searching With this lesson we looked at the two online picture dictionaries provided with the lesson and explored different letters using ABC searching. This is a great lesson to introduce the concept of organizing things alphabetically and as an intro to library organization.
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My first grade lessons were pretty much the same as the Kindergarten classes for this time of year.
Going Places Safely
|A poem we wrote together using MOMA's website|
Staying Safe Online The concept of ranking websites as green (safe to browse), yellow (need to ask a parent), and red (not for children) really resonated with students. They found they had a lot to discuss about the categories of websites, and even found that some websites could have “green” aspects and “red”. For example they may have a kid safe website that includes areas where things can be purchased using a credit card. We have been following the adventures of Liz over at This Kentucky Girl. As part of our exploration of different websites, we looked at Liz’s blog. The kids immediately recognized that the videos on Liz’s website are posted on YouTube. The 2nd graders all felt that YouTube can be a lot of fun for kids, but that sometimes things are not for kids to see. They believe they should ask a parent before watching a YouTube video – therefore it’s a yellow site. Because we have a friendship with Liz, but don’t know her face-to-face, the kids recognize that they should still ask a trusted adult before watching her videos – and the only time they should email her, is if a trusted adult is with them.
Professor G – online safety - This is not a Common Sense Media lesson, but it’s a good review of private information – or as Professor G calls it – YAPPY! The kids love Garfield and Nermal’s crazy mistakes. As a follow up activity, students create their own cartoons that show how to be safe online. I also use this video as a reason to introduce the concept of respecting other people’s property and how important it is to ask permission or give credit for things – instead of just stealing something.
Extra -Privacy Playground Cyber pigs - I haven’t had a chance to actually use this with the class, but I put a link on my website, and I think it would be fun for a center activity in the future.
Staying Safe Online – I used this lesson with third grade as well as second. I modified the lesson to require third graders to write down examples for each type of website – green, yellow or red websites.
|Bookmark Template for Usernames|
Screen Out the Mean This is a revised lesson on Cyberbullying that I’m glad to see Common Sense Media kept. I haven’t covered this one yet, but plan to soon because it does a really good job of showing students that they should not share passwords – even with their friends – and it shows the very basics of cyberbullying.
You’ve Won a Prize This is a good lesson to introduce the concept of SPAM and the possibility that SPAM email may contain viruses. In our discussion I found that they already have a lot of experience with being tricked into clicking on things on ads on websites that are presented in the same fashion. I extended the lesson by encouraging students to go home and have a discussion with their parents about anti-virus programs and how to run a virus scan on their home computers.
Rings of Responsibility Students examine what it means to be part of a community and the rights and responsibilities that come along with it. The discussion is extended into the cybercommunity, and students look at how they are responsible for protecting their own private information and the information of others.
Talking Safely Online We do the same lesson as fourth, but I have discovered that fifth graders have more social networking experience than the fourth graders. We also use a different situation that I made up to help differentiate the discussion some.