The 450lb Dog
The resources on this page were designed to support teachers and learners as they work together to crack this case! Please refer to Chapter 8 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 this dog 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.
- Anatomy of a Social Media Account: can be used to support Digital Detectives as they detect clues about a source’s credibility.
- 🐶 Case Synopsis: can be used by Digital Detectives to present their final verdicts in the case.
- Does This Pass The WHOA Test?: can be used by Digital Detectives to consider the credibility of sensational content.
- Following Digital Footprints: can be used by Digital Detectives to trace the path of a story from a secondary to the primary source.
- 🐶 Dusting For Prints | Motives: can be used by Digital Detectives to record clues that may help reveal the motives of the person who created the information.
- Social Media Mood Chart: can be used by Digital Detectives to record evidence of emotional triggers – both in the information itself as well as in aspects of the community reading experience.
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:
While these resources may help Digital Detectives determine the credibility of the information in this case, there may also be some red herrings among them!
Teachers may choose to distribute some or all of these resources. Teachers may also add their own materials to the case file in order to further support or challenge their Digital Detectives.
We recommend the case file be given to students as they are investigating the story.
This BreakoutEDU activity, based on The Case of the 450lb dog, was created as an optional introductory activity to this case. Some notes about this activity:
- This activity was designed for use with an official BreakoutEDU kit. Therefore a BreakoutEDU subscription is required.
- This activity was designed as an introduction to the case. To get the most out of it, we recommend, following up the breakout with questions such as:
- Make a prediction: do you think this story will turn out to be trustworthy? Do you think it’s possible for a dog to weight 450lb?
- Make a wish: do you hope this story is true? If so, why?
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.
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] Playlist from The Dodo • Potential resource for activating prior knowledge
- [GAME] The 450lb Dog – Show Me The Money! • Potential resource for supporting guided practice
- [TEMPLATE] In Your Own Words – Comic Strip • Potential resource for synthesizing learning
- [VIDEO] How to Use Likert Scales • Potential resource for helping Digital Detectives 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.