Grade 4

My Media Choices

What makes a healthy media choice?

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.
Key Vocabulary: media  ·  media balance  ·  media choices
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 choices:
time spent watching, listening to, reading, or creating media
Media Balance & Well-Being
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.
Extension Activity:

Use this activity to spark a discussion about how, for many of us, time spent with digital media occupies a large part of our lives. Help students discuss the impacts of this on individuals' health and on society overall.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Video: My Media Balance
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  • Student Handout: My Media Choices Tracker Student Version
  • Student Handout: Reflecting on My Media Student Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources