Submitted by: Kate Dowdie
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources to gain a greater understanding of the importance of online privacy. Students play a game to learn about recognizing spam, and collaborate to determine the differences perceived in subject lines of e-mail messages.
- Play a game to learn about recognizing spam
- Collaborate to determine the differences perceived in subject lines of e-mail messages
- Gain a greater understanding of the importance of online privacy
- Interactive whiteboard
- 3 x 5 index cards, prepared in advance as outlined below
- Class set of the Activity
- Computer with internet access for BrainPOP
Preparation:Make up examples of e-mail message subject lines, both regular and spam. Put one example on each 3 x 5 card. Make one set of these cards for each team of three or four students in your class.
- Show the Information Privacy movie to the class.
- Summarize as a class what to do when you receive a spam message, as well as why your personal privacy is so important - especially on the internet!
- Show the Information Privacy Q&A and talk about it together.
- Split the students up into teams of three or four. Provide each team with a set of the 3 x 5 cards. Have each team identify which subject lines indicate spam e-mail and which ones do not.
- Project the Graphic Organizer. Talk about the possible outcomes for each example and record student responses by typing directly into the form.
- Have the teams report back to the class and then discuss as a larger group how the subject line of an e-mail message can be an excellent indicator of whether or not the message is spam or not.
- For assessment, have students complete the Activity independently or as a group.