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What is spam, and what can you do about it?

Students learn what spam is, the forms it takes, and then identify strategies for dealing with it. Students compare junk mail to spam, learn tips for handling spam safely, and then use those tips to answer questions on the Is It True? Student Handout about a boy who receives spam. Students finish by making their own songs about how to deal with spam, using tips from the Is It True? Student Handout.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • define what spam is.
  • explore strategies for safely managing unwanted messages.
  • identify different forms of spam.


Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards:

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

Grade 4: RL.10, 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.10, 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:

1d, 2b, 3b, 3d


1a, 4a-d, 5a-e

Additional Lesson Materials

Family Tip Sheet
Student Activity Sheet