Lesson Plan

Children and Television

The Adult is responsible for monitoring what a child watches on television.
Connie C.
Classroom teacher
Garnet Valley Middle School
Glen Mills, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Health & Wellness

Students will be able to...

  • Assess TV programming for children and identify positive and negative qualities
  • Determine quality TV programming that is appropriate for young children
  • Analyze a television show and decide on its impact on a child
Grades 8
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Activity: Conversing

The students will be asked to count how many working tvs they have at home.  We will discuss any rules/restrictions that they may have as it pertains to viewing habits(i.e. limit on when or how long, no tv until after homework is complete, no viewing after a certain time on a school night, etc.)

2 Direct Instruction

Students read the article, "TV Violence and Children" (see attached link)

Partner Discussion/Whole Class discussion


3 Guided Practice

Students preview two Cartoons (one is appropriate and the other is not).  Students answer questions related to the cartoons.  (see Independent Practice)

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Assessing

Students complete 4 Questions related to the cartoons:

1.  Besides being entertaining, what life lessons or themes were included in the show?

2.  What part of the show requires a child to use his/her imagination?

3. How is the concept of diversity and multiculturalism included in this show?

4. What makes this show appealing to children; why is it entertaining to them?

5 Wrap Up

Activity: Conversing

Discussion of students' answers to the previous questions.  Discuss the impact tv viewing has on children and the importance of adult supervision and monitoring of tv exposure.