With the rise of fake news and misinformation, empowering children with the skills to critically evaluate information becomes an essential part of their education. By fostering a habit of fact-checking, elementary teachers can equip their students with the tools they need to navigate the vast sea of information and make informed decisions. This printable activity provides practical strategies for educators to incorporate this important topic into their classrooms.

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Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 8 to 9 year olds, Activity Time:1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing pencils

This activity will allow students to learn about different ways and basic strategies to identify if a news article is legitimate or fake.

It will help your child or student (with):

  1. Promote Media Literacy: Introduce students to media literacy, which involves analysing, evaluating, and understanding various forms of media.
  2. Identify Reliable Sources: Guide students to identify reliable sources of information. Teach them about trusted news outlets, educational websites, and fact-checking organizations.
  3. Spot Red Flags: Teach children to spot red flags that indicate potential fake news. Discuss common signs such as sensational headlines, grammatical errors, extreme bias, or lack of citations.
  4. Critical Analysis: Encourage critical analysis of news stories and articles. Teach students to evaluate the quality and validity of evidence presented in a news report.

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How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and learn more about fake news, the spread of misinformation and how to identify them. Here's a good introduction video about fake news:

Here's a good list of practices to protect yourself from fake news:

  • Get started on the printable worksheet!

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This printable activity pack consists of 1 creative printable worksheet. Here's what it consists of:

  • 1 Fake News Checking Check-List sheet

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