Lesson Plan

Building a Foundation for Safe and Kind Online Communication

This Building a Foundation for Safe and Kind Online Communication lesson plan also includes:

Put a spotlight on internet safety with a lesson designed to boost positive online communication. Scholars listen to the story, Yettele's Feathers by Joan Rothenberg, and answer questions. An emoji-themed handout challenges pupils to examine emotions and relate their experiences to those in the story. Groups practice responding to scenarios that contain cyberbullying. Encourage pupils to use the internet for good by brainstorming actions that employ good digital citizenship. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Direct pupils to keep copies of helpful tips in their binder for reference
  • Hang posters around the technology area of your classroom to remind users of proper online behavior
  • Plan the lesson during October, National Bullying Prevention Month
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of three lessons that examine cyberbullying—the remaining lessons cover other grade levels
  • Pay close attention to how class members respond; take action if you suspect any bullying
  • Requires projection to view resources and copies of several handouts
Pros
  • The "How to Handle Hurtful Messages" comes in two versions
  • Touches on a topic that every participant can relate to
Cons
  • None