Grade 4

My Media Choices

What makes a healthy media choice?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

We all make choices every day about the media we consume and create. But do kids understand what makes a media choice healthy or not? Hint: It's about more than just screen time. Use the activities in this lesson to give kids a framework for making informed media choices.

Students will be able to:
  • Learn the "What? When? How Much?" framework for describing their media choices.
  • Use this framework and their emotional responses to evaluate how healthy different types of media choices are.
  • Begin to develop their own definition of a healthy media balance.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 45 mins.
Warm Up:
How Media Can Make Us Feel
10 mins.
My Media Choices
15 mins.
Media Balance Reflection
10 mins.
Wrap Up:
What Is Media Balance?
10 mins.

What You'll Need

Student and family resources also available in Spanish
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Lesson Slides
Video: My Media Balance Watch
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Student Handout: My Media Choices Tracker Student Version
Student Handout: Reflecting on My Media Student Version
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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