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!