Grade 6

Finding Balance in a Digital World

How do we balance digital media use in our lives?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

We use digital media every day, from texting, streaming TV shows, and gaming all the way to using voice assistants or ordering our food online. For today's kids, it's a lot more than just "screen time." So how can we help students balance their online and offline lives? It starts with recognizing just how much media we use.

Students will be able to:
  • Reflect on their common online and offline activities.
  • Analyze and prioritize the activities that are most important to them.
  • Identify ways to "unplug" to maintain balance between online and offline activities.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 45 mins.
Warm Up:
It's a Digital World!
10 mins.
Reflect:
My Online and Offline Life
15 mins.
Apply:
Balance It Out
15 mins.
Wrap Up:
Finding Media Balance
5 mins.

What You'll Need

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Lesson Slides
Video: Digital Life 101 Watch
Student Handout: Online, Offline Student Version
Student Handout: Balancing Act Student Version
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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