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!
Grades 2-5 participated in the worldwide phenomenon known at the Hour of Code last week. Students all over the world were celebrating computer science and providing student access to coding that they may not have had otherwise. Over 150,000 separate Hour of Code events registered!
The Hour of Code uses pop culture and fun graphics to entice students to persevere through the daunting world of computer coding. Go to their website here with your student and ask them to show you around! They were incredibly knowledgeable and intuitively picked up the nuances of coding incredibly quickly! They are really demonstrating the skills that make them 21st century learners!
2nd grade, pictured here, participated during library, while grades 3-5 participated in STEAM time (and sometimes in their classrooms as well!) Already kids are begging me for opportunities to continue coding in STEAM and library time.
The Hour of Code doesn’t stop now. Your students can log in to hone their skills any time. If you’re going to have screen time, why not have them learn a thing or two while they’re at it?