Fake News

"Recent research has found that students are not equipped with the necessary skills to differentiate between real and fake news. Now more than ever, media literacy is a critical skill for students to develop as they navigate multiple forms of media regularly." (From NewsELA).
The following is our lessons from LTI classes with 5th and 6th graders.
Learning Objectives:
Students will learn about "fake news." Students will learn why "fake news" exists and why it is pervasive in social media. Students will develop a criteria to identify "fake news."

Lesson #1 for 6th grade:

This is a good introduction to fake news (p.s. - It is fake):
Ads? Check the "about us" webpage.

Where did these stories come from? Listen (start at 4:53)

Read the BuzzFeed Article:

Clickbait debunked:


Thinking Critically About Your News:
From NewsELA an article about the ramifications of fake news.
It's no joke – people increasingly believe fake news isn't really fake
From NewsELA  an article about how to spot fake news.


Lesson #2 for both 5th and 6th grade:

Not a New Problem:
The following articles outline a fraudulent letter written in 1775.  



This unit began with a NONFICTION picture book, Giant Squid by Candace Fleming. Many students were so interested to learn more about the elusive giant squid they continued their "research" and wondering at home. More than one student shared fake or hoax news stories about the giant squid with me, prompting me to develop this webpage and the fake news challenge (which is a work in progress).

Lesson #1 for 5th grade:
Giant Squid
Story #1 Monstrous Radioactive Squid On California Beach (Grindtv.com)


Giant Squid

posted Dec 22, 2016, 11:25 AM by Susan Wells WW Library
Several classes are reading this thrilling nonfiction picture book that I expect to win a Sibert Award (best nonfiction for children). Some resources to accompany this book can be found here:

After the break will use this as a jumping off point to talk about FAKE NEWS... Stay tuned for more information but be aware there are a lot of hoaxes (fake claims and photos) on the internet around this mysterious beast. Check out this example:
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