Grade 5

You Won't Believe This!

What is clickbait and how can you avoid it?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

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.

Students will be able to:
  • Define "the curiosity gap."
  • Explain how clickbait uses the curiosity gap to get your attention.
  • Use strategies for avoiding clickbait.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 45 mins.
Warm Up:
Which Would You Click?
10 mins.
What's the Curiosity Gap?
15 mins.
Avoiding Clickbait
15 mins.
Wrap Up:
Is It Clickbait? Review
5 mins.

What You'll Need

Student and family resources also available in Spanish
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Lesson Slides
Student Handout: What's "The Curiosity Gap?" Student Version Answer Key
Student Handout: Avoiding Clickbait Student Version Answer Key
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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