Week 1 of our new author/illustrator study with Deborah Freedman! Her stories are brilliant tie-ins to the SEL / social-emotional learning happening in our building this year.
It’s WCCPBA time. We will spend 4-8 weeks on this unit. We’ll look at all types of books, at characters and how they act, and consider which story is our favorite and why.
Shark Weeks! Combining a few WA State Book Awards (WCCPBA & Towner) AND research AND critical thinking, this 3-4 week unit promises to be fun. Week 1: SHAWN LOVES SHARKS by Curtis Manley.
More media literacy on being aware online. When discussing phishing a few weeks ago, a grade 4 student brought up catfishing. While it wasn’t part of what I expected to teach, I decided to include a lesson on it…because if a 9 year old has heard the term (but isn’t clear on what it means), then it’s worth the time.
Is catfishing this?
Nope! It’s not fishing for catfish, either. As we learned, catfishing is:
There was a LOT of conversation about this topic. It seemed like half of the students in each class had examples they were willing to share when either they or their parents had seen a catfishing scam.
Led by Google’s Be Internet Awesome slides & curriculum, our discussion focused on “Let’s Talk” – how do you know it’s really them? Students shared many ways they could identify if a person was real. Then I shared a screen cap I’d taken a few weeks earlier from Instagram of a new follower (only the first slide). I asked what they noticed and what they’d do if they were me. Many knew about blocking, but only a handful knew that they could look in the account to “see” more about the follower (the second & third slides).
One student brought up how sometimes people care about their number of followers. This was a good conversation point! Another mentioned that they don’t have Instagram so they don’t have to worry about this. To that end, I reiterated that the focus was on being aware when online in any situation: social networking, gaming, email, research, etc.
Cheers, y’all! –arika