Scams and Schemes: A Common Sense Lesson (Lesson 1 of Unit)
1 Do Now
Log into your Google Drive. Find your Computer Class Folder. Find today's Do Now.
Read and answer the following:
: Scam: an attempt to trick someone, usually with the intention of stealing money or private information.
Do you know someone who has been scammed? What happened? If you don’t know anyone, then be creative and make up your own scenario.
2 Direct Instruction
Discuss and Learn (whole class) - What is the purpose of a scam? What tricks do people use to carry out a scam?
This can be done aloud however to allow for more participation Todays Meet can be used as a back channel for answers and discussion.
EXPLAIN to students that they will be learning about a variety of online scams, including which kinds of information scammers look for, and how that information can be used. They will also learn how to protect themselves against online scams.
Again for the Think Pair Share it can be done face to face or students can jump into a Todays Meet backchannel.
Think Pair Share - Can people get scammed on the Internet? How?
3 Direct Instruction Part 2
Using the slides as a visual: -All students have access to this to follow along. It is shared with them and they will locate in their class folder in Google Drive.
Teach - What is Identity Theft?
DEFINE the Key Vocabulary term identity theft.
ASK: Can you guess what kinds of personal information identity thieves might look for?
Define the Key Vocabulary term vulnerable
Explain - Why teens are vulnerable to identity theft.
DEFINE the Key Vocabulary term phishing.
Explain - How to avoid phishing scams.
Ask - How do you think identity thieves might try to get your information?
DISTRIBUTE the Spotting Scams Student Handout, one per student.
READ aloud the instructions
INSTRUCT student pairs to complete the handout together. When students are done, have two pairs get together to exchange their handouts and compare their answers.
INVITE volunteers to share their answers with the class.
Work in pairs to complete the Spotting Scams Handout.
You will try to find as many of the phishing scams as possible in the emails provided.
Students will share answers, first in pairs and then as a whole class. Students who wish to participate more anonymously can share their answers on a Padlet
Compare your answers: Did you agree or disagree on any answers. Which did you agree on and why?
Which did you disagree on and why?