Grade 4

Keeping Games Fun and Friendly

How can I be positive and have fun while playing online games, and help others do the same?

Social interaction is part of what makes online gaming so popular and engaging for kids. Of course, online communication can come with some risks. Show your students how to keep their gaming experiences fun, healthy, and positive.

Students will be able to:
  • Define "social interaction" and give an example.
  • Describe the positives and negatives of social interaction in online games.
  • Create an online video game cover that includes guidelines for positive social interaction.
Key Vocabulary: digital media  ·  griefing  ·  online video game  ·  social interaction
digital media:
information that comes to us through the internet, often through a tablet, smartphone, or laptop
irritating or angering people in video games by being mean, destructive, or cheating
online video game:
a video game that is played through the internet
social interaction:
talking or messaging with people to develop friendship or community
Relationships & Communication
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:

After they've done a draft of their cover, you can have students complete a final draft using a web tool such as Canva, Ready Maker, or FlipSnack EDU.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Video: Keeping Games Fun and Friendly
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  • Student Handout: Video Observation Form Student Version Teacher Version
  • Student Handout: Video Game Cover Project Student Version
  • Lesson Quiz

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