Grade 3

The Power of Words

What should you do when someone uses mean or hurtful language on the internet?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

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.

Students will be able to:
  • 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.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 45 mins.
Warm Up:
Same Word. Different Meaning.
10 mins.
The Power of Words
15 mins.
What's the Problem?
10 mins.
Wrap Up:
Crossing the Line
10 mins.

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Video: The Power of Words Watch
Student Handout: Words Can Hurt Student Version Answer Key
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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