Seventh Grade

Grade 7 - My Media Use: A Personal Challenge - Lesson Slides

Lesson 1 - My Media Use: A Personal Challenge

What is your strategy for finding media balance?

Students will be able to:

  • Make an inventory of their media choices and how those choices make them feel.

  • Brainstorm personal strategies for balancing media use.

  • Create personal guidelines for promoting healthy media balance.

Key Vocabulary:

  • guideline: a set of criteria or piece of advice for how to do something

  • inventory: a complete list of items or actions

  • media balance: using media in a way that feels healthy and in balance with other life activities (family, friends, school, hobbies, etc.)


Student Highlights

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Extra Resources for Students during school closures

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel in just one month.

Why do it? For 30 wild, exciting, surprising days, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

NaNoWriMo can last all year! Writers can edit their novels on site, create new personal writing challenges, or participate in mini-events like Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

NeoK12

Educational videos and games are possibly one of the most effective learning tools, and honestly, even most grown-ups will find them enriching and entertaining as well.

NeoK12 website also features innovative tools for learning and teaching. Our Quiz Games, Interactive Diagrams, Flow Chart Games, Vocabulary Games and other educational games & puzzles are a fun, interactive way to improve learning outcomes.

NeoK12

Educational videos and games are possibly one of the most effective learning tools, and honestly, even most grown-ups will find them enriching and entertaining as well.

NeoK12 website also features innovative tools for learning and teaching. Our Quiz Games, Interactive Diagrams, Flow Chart Games, Vocabulary Games and other educational games & puzzles are a fun, interactive way to improve learning outcomes.

Lightbox and eLearning Tools

Lightbox™ offers over 1000 PreK-12 titles in science, social studies, language arts, math and more. AV2 World Languages features high-interest titles in 10 different languages with full audio support.

Parents and students will find these resources interactive, easy to use and a great way for students to independently explore a new topic.

MindSpark

Adaptive online tutoring system that helps students practice and learn mathematics.

Education.com

Second grade will be a snap with our selection of interactive second grade games! Whether you want to reinforce your child's skills or build new ones, these second grade games give your child a learning experience that's both entertaining and challenging. Add and subtract, build complete sentences, master the computer keyboard, and much more!

Typing Club

TypingClub's lesson plan contains over 600 lessons, guiding students from individual keys through numbers and punctuation, and all the way to a goal of 75 WPM.

The carefully designed lessons include instructional videos, educational games, cross-curricular content, and other interactive experiences.

Outschool

Outschool offers live, online classes for ages 3 to 13, and, for a limited time due to a big donation, it's signing up families affected by school closures into $300,000 worth of online classes (limit $200 per family). And if you're not one of the lucky ones, the lessons are still very affordable — some are as low as $5 per class.

Parent Tips

We've rounded up a few ideas for how to enact self-care for the whole family—with the help of media and tech, and sometimes without it. Read the article here.

Learning with technology, whether with a math app, a video how-to, or a wiki, opens up a new world of discovery for kids. And as they access information in novel ways, kids are preparing for life in a new interconnected, global world. Learn how to spot the good stuff, find the right products for your kids' needs, and foster a love of learning.

Reading Common Sense Media reviews of YouTube channels is a good way to get a sense of their age-appropriateness and quality. And digging into the videos themselves -- watching with your kids or on your own -- is wise. You never know what's going to come up on a particular channel, since all the content is user-generated.

Read full article here.

If you're wondering which parental controls to install on your desktop, laptop, or tablet, the answer might be right at your fingertips -- literally! The top three internet browsers -- Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari -- each offer settings and add-ons to help make your kid's online experience more age-appropriate. With a few tweaks, you can block sites, filter search results, and even create a white list of sites that are OK for your kid...

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