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Garden City School Library: Digital Citizenship - Grade 4

Essential Question

How do I show digital citizenship?

Lesson 1 - AUP and Cybersafety

  • Introduction: Ask the kids to define digital citizenship. See if they remember what the Acceptable Use Policy is (we covered it in 3rd grade).

  • Presentation: Go through this slide show, based on information from Common Sense Media. It includes a few interactive activities for students to participate in (look at the speaker notes). 
  • Assessment: Then have the students take this online quiz.


Lesson 2: Media

Acceptable Use Policy

An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) states the rules for students using technology at school.  The Cranston Public School's AUP (go to p. 26) reminds students of Acceptable Use of Technology:

1.  Personal Safety:  Keep personal information private

2.  Illegal Activities:  Obey school rules and the law when online

3.  Security:  Keep passwords private and avoid computer viruses

4.  Language:  Use appropriate language online

5.  Respect Privacy:  Keep personal information private

6.   Respect Resource Limits:  Use school computers for educational purposes only

7.  Plagiarism and Copyright:  Put it in your own words, cite your sources

8.  Access to Material:  Only use appropriate information and only for valid reasons


"It is a privilege, not a right, to use the CPSnet and the information resources found on the network and on the internet." 


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Standards Addressed

AASL I.D.3 - Enact new understanding through real-world connections; II.D.3 - Reflect on their own place within the global learning community; III.A.2 - Develop new understandings through engagement in a learning group; III.D.1 - Actively contribute to group discussions; VI.A.2 - Understand the ethical use of information, technology, and media; VI.D.3 - Inspire others to engage in safe, responsible, ethical, and legal information behaviors.

Rhode Island Core: ‚ÄčSL4.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.

Rhode Island Cross-Curricular Proficiencies: Communication - Communicate understanding and interpretation of information; Practice responsible digital citizenship as a community member; Problem Solving and Critical Thinking - Generate options and provide reasoning for a plan or approach to solve a problem.

Rhode Island School Library Curriculum Priority Skills3.2Actively contributes to group discussions; 3.3 - Demonstrates basic cybersafety.





CPS ISTE Standards 

Digital Citizen/Footprint

Standard 5.7 Digital Rights & Responsibilities  

Standard 5.8 Digital Health & Wellness 


Common Core ELA

L.5.4, L.5.4c, L.5.5c, L.5.6, RF.5.4, RF.5.4a, RI.5.10, RI.5.4, RI.5.7, SL.5.1a, SL.5.1b, SL.5.1c, SL.5.1d, SL.5.4, SL.5.5, SL.5.6, W.5.10, W.5.4


2b, 7b, 7c, 7d


1a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5e, 5f