Evidence Locker Masthead

This Lens In Action: Mini-lessons to Try Tomorrow!

Chapter 1: [GRADES 4-5]

Mini Lessons - Grades 4-6

Mini Lesson #1

Link to Resource
  • Line-Ups: This activity is designed for use with all of the unit plans found in chapters 8-10.  However, they can also be used with any source material you select.  Note: while suspect cards were designed for easy printing, screenshots of individual images may also facilitate digital line ups. 
Notes for the Teacher
  1. Provide Digital Detectives with a list of suspects who may be responsible for creating false information.
  2. Then have them select one suspect from the “line-up” who they feel is most likely responsible, using what they know about suspect types to support their answers. 
Mini Lessons - Grades 4-6

Mini Lesson #2

Link to Resource
  • Heads Up Game*Version 1: This activity is designed to help students become more familiar with specific suspects, their motivations, tools and how they win or lose at the false information game.

*Another version of this game can be found in the mini-lessons designed for grades 6-8

Notes for the Teacher

This activity is modeled after the popular game “Heads Up” and is designed for use with the Digital Detectives suspect cards

  1. Students work in pairs. Each team gets one set of two cards, but only one player can look at them.
  2. Set a timer for two minutes and have one player hold up a card to their forehead without looking at it. The other players will yell out clues for the first player, using the information on their matching information card.
  3. The first player will continue to guess who is on their card until correct or until they decide to pass.
  4. Repeat until the two minutes is complete.
  5. If a set of players completes the game for their set of cards, they can be given another set until the timer runs out.
  6. Once time is up, have players switch roles as givers/receivers of clues.
Mini Lessons - Grades 4-6

Mini Lesson #3

Link to Resource
  • Finish The Comic #7 – by Jarrett Lerner!  Use this activity to help Digital Detectives think deeply about who might be responsible for creating/sharing false information.
Notes for the Teacher
  1. This activity was created for use with false information of your choosing. Note: fact checking websites (such as PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, Washington Post Fact Checker, Snopes.com, Fact Check from Duke Reporters’ Lab, SciCheck, NPR FactCheck, or Hoax Slayer etc.), are often good resources for finding content that has been debunked or proven false.
  2. Use the third frame to have Digital Detectives list potential suspects who would likely be responsible for creating the content they’ve explored.
  3. As a scaffold, provide Digital Detectives with a preselected list of suspects to choose from.
Mini Lessons - Grades 4-6

Mini Lesson #4

Link to Resource
  • Suspect Wanted Poster! Use this activity to help Digital Detectives think deeply about a suspect’s motives, goals and the tactics they use to achieve them.
Notes for the Teacher
  1. This activity was created for use with false information of your choosing. Note: fact checking websites (such as PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, Washington Post Fact Checker, Snopes.com, Fact Check from Duke Reporters’ Lab, SciCheck, NPR FactCheck, or Hoax Slayer etc.), are often good resources for finding content that has been debunked or proven false.
  2. Use the blank wanted poster to have Digital Detectives to describe how the suspect has created false information.
  3. This version may be used to provide Digital Detectives with specific directions.