Students Believe….

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students had a LOT of ideas about why it’s important for all of us to be responsible digital citizens, and not believe every piece of information we come across.  After learning about fake news and digital literacy for three weeks, we compiled a big Google Doc and these are some of their strongest reasons why!

Bravo, digital detectives!

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Fact or Fiction?

Last week students in grades 3, 4 and 5 were given a crash course in how to tell fact from fiction in the news.  We started off diving right into a satirical article written for The New Yorker by Andy Borowitz, and talked about fake news and how to identify it.

After the students led a conversation where they discussed what they thought the purpose of this article was and what evidence supported their opinion, we watched a quick movie identifying five ways to spot fake news.  My favorite quote of the week was when a fourth grader asked me how they knew they should trust this video as a source!  High five for real-life application of learning!

  

Finally we reviewed a poster that I purchased from The American Library Association highlighting ways to protect oneself from fake news.  This week we are putting that knowledge to the test in a Digital Detectives Challenge!  Already 4D showed their understanding of how to be critical of information, images, and news sources.  This week is going to be full of deeper learning!