Grade 3

It's a Hoax

Knowledge Constructor
Fake News on blackboard

Overview‚Äč

There are many Internet hoaxes on the Internet that are believable. It is important that students are taught to identify what is fake and what is real. After reading the content on a website about “The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus”, an endangered animal, students will understand that when they search online that not all sources are credible.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to look at a website while researching and decide if the source is credible.
  • Be able to tell the difference between real and fake news.

Vocabulary

  1. Credible:  To be credible is to be valid and truthful.

  2. Source: The source is where the information came from.

Pre-planning

  • The teacher should look over the Tree Octopus website.
  • Teachers can also use this website to get more information on fake sites. 
  • Teachers should take a look at this YouTube video on "How to Evaluate Websites". 

Accommodations

Steps

  1. Teachers should discuss with students that there are many sites that can easily deceive you into believing the information is true.
  2. Show students this YouTube Video on" How to Evaluate a Website".
  3. Teachers should direct students to take a look at the Tree Octopus site. 
  4. The students as they are looking at the site can use this worksheet created by a classroom teacher and fill in the blanks. 
  5. After the students have viewed the site and filled in the worksheet, discuss this website with the class and talk about the specific reasons why this is not a credible website.  

Optional Activity: Show the students the other sites from the pre-planning section. Ask them if they know of any other sites that are questionable. 

Assessment Options

ISTE Standards

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility
and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Websites:

4 Fake Sites

How To Evaluate Websites

Tree Octopus

Tree Octopus Worksheet

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

  • Students can do a research project on a topic and evaluate the website using the tools provided in the lesson.

Integrated Arts

  • Students can do a research project on a topic and evaluate the website using the tools provided in the lesson.

Math

  • Students can do a research project on a topic and evaluate the website using the tools provided in the lesson.

Science

  • Students can do a research project on a topic and evaluate the website using the tools provided in the lesson.

Social Studies

  • Students can do a research project on a topic and evaluate the website using the tools provided in the lesson.

Credits
This task card was created by Jacki Zawierucha, Utica Community Schools, January 2018.