Grade 5

Finding My Media Balance

What does media balance mean for me?

Helping kids learn what makes different media choices healthy or not is a good start. But how do we help them actually make responsible choices in the real world? Give your students the opportunity to create a personalized media plan.

Students will be able to:
  • Reflect on how balanced they are in their daily lives.
  • Consider what "media balance" means, and how it applies to them.
  • Create a personalized plan for healthy and balanced media use.
Key Vocabulary: balance  ·  media  ·  media balance
balance:
all of the parts are in the correct -- though not necessarily equal -- proportions
media:
all of the ways that large groups of people get and share information (TV, books, internet, newspapers, phones, etc.)
media balance:
using media in a way that feels healthy and in balance with other life activities (family, friends, school, hobbies, etc.)
Media Balance & Well-Being
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards
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15 mins.
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Lesson Plan

45 mins.
Extension Activity:

Have students design and create a poster-like version of their media plan to share with parents, post on their refrigerator, etc.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Video: My Media Balance
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  • Student Handout: My Perfect Day Student Version
  • Student Handout: My Media Plan Student Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources