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The Power of Words (3-5)

What should you do when someone uses mean or scary language on the Internet?

Students consider that they may encounter online messages from other kids that can make them feel angry, hurt, sad, or fearful. They explore ways to handle cyberbullying and how to respond in the face of upsetting language online. Students discuss all the ways they use technology for communication, put themselves in the shoes of children who are cyberbullied on a kids’ game website, and explore both the similarities and differences between in-person versus online communication. Students then brainstorm ways to respond to cyberbullying.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • empathize with those who have received mean and hurtful messages.
  • judge what it means to cross the line from harmless to harmful communication online.
  • generate solutions for dealing with cyberbullying.

 

Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards:

Grade 3: RI.1, RI.3, RI.4, RI.10, RF.4a, W.4, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d. SL.3, SL.4, SL.6, L.3a, L.6

Grade 4: RL.3, RL.10, RI.1, RI.3, RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, RF.4a, W.9b, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.4, SL.5, L.3a, L.6

Grade 5: RL.3, RL.10, RI.1, RI.3, RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, RF.4a, W.9b, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.4, SL.5, SL.6, L.6

ISTE Standards:

2b, 3d

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