Fourth Grade

Unit OneGoing Places Safely

Students learn that they can go to exciting places online, but they need to follow certain rules to remain safe. By taking a virtual field trip, students experience the power of the Internet to take them to places they might not be able to visit in person. They learn that they should follow safety rules when they travel online, just as when traveling in the real world.

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Alignment with Standards

ISTE NETS•S:

3a, 3b, 5a, 5b, 6a

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 Unit TwoThe Power of Words

Students consider that they may encounter online 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.

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Alignment with Standards

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

ISTE NETS•S:

2b, 5a, 5d


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 Unit ThreeThe Key to Keywords

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. Working in pairs, students use the Fetch! Student Handout to answer an assigned question. They use one, two, then multiple keywords, and discover that when it comes to keyword searches, more words are better than one. Using the Doggy Data Student Handout, students then devise their own search strategies to find information, using multiple keywords, synonyms, and alternative words and phrases.


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Alignment with Standards

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

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 Unit FourYou've Won a Prize

Students learn what spam is, the forms it takes, and then identify strategies for dealing with it. Students compare junk mail to spam, learn tips for handling spam safely, and then use those tips to answer questions on the Is It True? Student Handout about a boy who receives spam. Students finish by making their own songs about how to deal with spam, using tips from the Is It True? Student Handout.

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Alignment with Standards

Grade 4:
 RL.10, 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


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 Unit FiveWhat is Cyberbullying?

Students discuss positive and negative aspects of interacting with others online. Students learn the definition of cyberbullying and help the teacher fill in a Venn diagram that compares in-person bullying with cyberbullying. They then read a story of a student who is cyberbullied, identifying the players involved and how the target might feel.

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Alignment with Standards

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

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 Unit SixSelling Stereotypes

Students are introduced to the concept of a stereotype, and they explore the messages they receive regarding differences between boys and girls. Students first watch and discuss a video of a little girl questioning why companies market boys’ and girls’ toys differently. Then they compare and contrast gender stereotypes portrayed in two LEGO® online activity zones.

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Alignment with Standards


Grade 4: RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.6, L.3a, L.6
 

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