Lesson Plan

Device Traffic Control

Should My Device Be Out Right Now?
Anna R.
Classroom teacher
The Pike School, Andover MA
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies

Students will be able to identify when it is approrpiate to have their device out in accordance with teachers' device management system. 

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 1 – 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Traffic Light Device Management System

1.) Activate student prior knowledge of traffic lights.

2.) Explain to students that we will be using a traffic light to identify when we are allowed to use our devices.

3.) Introduce poster.

4.) Practice with the students. Move the clothespin multiple times and tell students to move their device depending on where the clothes pin is.

5.) Wrap-up: explain importance of using this system

Student Instructions

1.) Students, how do cars know when they are allowed to turn onto a street? Have you every played the game red-light/green-light? 

2.) Students, we are going to learn about another way to use traffic lights today. Just like they tell cars when to cross an intersection, they are going to tell us when we are allowed to use our iPads.

3.) Look at this traffic light poster I made. When the clothes pin is at the green light, what do you think that means? (Ok to use device)

How about when the clothes pin at the red light? (Devices should be put away, not on desks)

Finally, what about if the clothes pin is at the yellow light? (We are slowly going to begin using iPads. They can be on your desk but you should be face down while I am giving directions)

4.) Now, let's practice! For the next few minutes, I am going to be moving the clothespin. Pay attention! Move your device depending on where the clothespin moves to.

5.) Students, you did a great job using the traffic light to identify how you should be using your device. Why do you think it is important for us to have a system like this in place?