Lesson Plan

Fake News

Children will realise that they should trust reputable websites such as BBC News and First News, and must fact check news stories from less trustworthy sites before sharing .
Anthony A.
Classroom teacher
British School Jakarta
Jakarta, Indonesia
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English-Language Learning, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to understand ways to recognise Fake news and how to stop its spread.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
English-Language Learning
Grades 5 – 6
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Show the Internet story about Donald Trump and the Gorilla Channel

Activity: Reading

Give children hand out of the original story

Student Instructions

read the story, discuss their thoughts .

2 The Reveal!

Show children on teh smart board the sad truth - Donald Trump does not really watch the Gorilla Channel. 

Student Instructions

Discuss the reasons why:

1. Someone might have invented this story (humour and to affect opinions about Trump)

2. The story spread so fast on the Internet and was believed by so many

3 First News

Play the video explaining what Fake News is and how to recognise it and what to do about it.

Student Instructions

Children reflect on the various ways to recognise and counter Fake News.

4 Assembly

Activity: Presenting

Tell children they are going to prepare an assembly about Fake News. Put children into groups of 4.

Student Instructions

Children write Fake News story and real news story, then present it as though they are a news channel. The rest of the school votes on which story was fake,

Children educate the school in how to spot and counter Fake News.