Grade 5

You Won't Believe This!

What is clickbait and how can you avoid it?

The internet is full of catchy headlines and outrageous images, all to make us curious and get our attention. But kids don't usually realize: What you click on isn't always what you get. Show your students the best ways to avoid clickbait online.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Define "the curiosity gap."
  • Explain how clickbait uses the curiosity gap to get your attention.
  • Use strategies for avoiding clickbait.
Key Vocabulary: advertising  ·  clickbait  ·  headline  ·  Curiosity Gap
messages or photos that are made to persuade someone to buy a certain product
an image or headline that tries to get you to click on it, usually for advertising purposes
the title of an article, usually printed in big, bold letters at the top
Curiosity Gap:
the desire people have to figure out missing information
Privacy & Security
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • What's "The Curiosity Gap?" Handout Teacher Version
  • Avoiding Clickbait Handout Teacher Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources