The 911 Toilet Paper Emergency!
The resources on this page were designed to support teachers and learners as they work together to crack this case! Please refer to Chapter 9 in Developing Digital Detectives for more information about this lesson.
About Digital Detective's Notebook
This section contains templates/worksheets that may be used to help digital detectives identify and analyze evidence from the case. Note: we’ve included all notebook resources for this grade span below. However, content that was designed for this specific case have been noted with the TP emoji. 🧻 That said, feel free to mix and match, using whatever resources feel most relevant, in order to meet the needs of your Digital Detectives.
Some things to note:
- The digital versions of these templates can be downloaded as PDFs or image files.
- Image files can then be uploaded to shared slide decks for students to complete collaboratively.
- These resources are meant only to scaffold student thinking. Teachers should feel free to abandon or adapt them to meet the needs of their unique learners.
Digital Detective's Notebook: Content
- 🧻 Evidence Log: can be used to support Digital Detectives as they record lens specific evidence from the case.
- 🧻 Classified Evidence: can be used collaboratively by students, as they use the four lenses to record and classify all the evidence that has been collected by the class. .
- 🧻 Case Synopsis: can be used by Digital Detectives to present their final verdicts in the case.
- Trigger Polygraph: an be used to support students as they consider potential emotional triggers that may be present in the information.
- 🧻 Triangulation Tally Log: can be used to support students in the process of lateral reading for credibility.
Case File: Part 1
These supplemental resources were curated to be given to digital detectives as they examine the evidence and apply the Four Lenses to this case. Some things to note:
Teachers may choose to distribute some or all. Or they may add their own to help students or to throw them off the trail.
While these resources may help students determine the credibility of the information in this case, there may also be some red herrings among them!
We recommend they be given to students as they are investigating the story.
- [PDF] One sheet (as it appears in this chapter)
- [IMAGE] Hi-Res version of image shared student one sheet
- [ARTICLE] An Oregon police department is asking residents to stop calling 911 because they’ve run out of toilet paper
- [IMAGE] Screen Capture of Google search results* for “Newport, Oregon police department toilet paper”
- [ARTICLE] Why are people hoarding toilet paper?
*Alternately, Digital Detectives could conduct this search themselves
Case File: Part 2
Reminder: These resources reveal the facts of the case and should not be distributed until after students have investigated the scenario and shared their conclusions.
- [ARTICLE] Newport police ask residents not to call 911 over toilet paper shortages*
- [IMAGE] Newport police ask residents not to call 911 over toilet paper shortages
*Note: the paragraphs that the reveal the facts of the case have been highlighted in this version.
About The Digital Detective's Toolbox
These resources should not be included in the case file. Rather, they have been curated to help the teacher facilitate other elements of the lesson.
Digital Detective's Toolbox: Content
- [VIDEO] What’s Behind The Toilet Paper Shortages? • Potential resource for activating priori knowledge
- [INFOGRAPHIC] Read Like A Fact Checker • Potential resource for supporting guided practice
- [PDF] Sample Press Release • Potential resource for synthesizing learning
- [WEBSITE] Tutorial: How to use Google Sheets to generate class tweets • Potential resource for synthesizing learning
- [VIDEO] How to Use Likert Scales • Potential resource for helping students express their confidence in an opinion or learning outcome
About Yet To Be Solved Mysteries
These are other stories we considered using for lessons in this chapter. They might be useful in crafting your own cases for the digital detectives you work with. Check back for updates or reach out to us on social media to suggest stories!
Yet To Be Solved Mysteries: Content
Direct link to spreadsheet with more content.