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2017-2018 Digital Citizenship: Grade 4

Teaching and learning guide for 2015-2016

Big Idea

Power of Words

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

Students consider that while they are enjoying their favorite websites they may encounter 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. 

Key to Keywords

Essential Question: Which keywords will give you the best search results?

Students learn strategies to increase the accuracy of their keyword searches. They compare the number and kinds of sites obtained and make inferences about the effectiveness of the strategies.

Power of Words Video

Power of Words Learning Targets

I can ...

• 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

... in order to be a confident and empowered digital citizen.

Power of Words Standards Alignment

Standards Alignment – Common Core: 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 

NETS•S: 2b, 5a, 5d

Key to Keywords Learning Targets

I can ...

• experiment with different keyword searches and compare their results

• refine their searches by using multiple words, synonyms, and alternative words and phrases

• draw inferences to explain their search results

... in order to devise my own search strategies to find information, using multiple keywords, synonyms, and alternative words and phrases. 

Key to Keywords Standards Alignment

Common Core Grade 4: RI.1, RI.4, RI.10, RF.4a, W.4, W.7, W.10, W.1a, W.1b, W.1c, W.1d, W.4, W.6, L.3a, L.6

NETS•S: 3b, 3c, 3d