Lesson Plan

Scams and Schemes: A Common Sense Lesson (Lesson 1 of Unit)

Students learn strategies for guarding against identity theft and scams
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Junior High School 167 Robert F Wagner
New York, United States
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My Grades 8
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Students will be able to...

understand what identity theft is and why it is important to guard against it. They will  learn to recognize strategies that scam artists use to access private information.  Additionally, they will learn how to guard against phishing and identity theft.

English Language Arts
Grades 8
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1 Do Now

Google Drive
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Log into your Google Drive. Find your Computer Class Folder. Find today's Do Now.


Student Instructions

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

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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.

Student Instructions

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.

Student Instructions

Ask - How do you think identity thieves might try to get your information?

4 Activity

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.

Student Instructions

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.


5 Closing

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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

Student Instructions

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?