Grade 3

The Power of Words

What should you do when someone uses mean or hurtful language on the internet?

As kids grow, they'll naturally start to communicate more online. But some of what they see could make them feel hurt, sad, angry, or even fearful. Help your students build empathy for others and learn strategies to use when confronted with cyberbullying.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Understand that it's important to think about the words we use, because everyone interprets things differently.
  • Identify ways to respond to mean words online, using S-T-O-P.
  • Decide what kinds of statements are OK to say online and which are not.
Key Vocabulary: empathy  ·  interpret
empathy:
to imagine the feelings that someone else is experiencing
interpret:
to understand something based on our point of view
Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards
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Lesson Plan

45 mins.

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