Media Literacy is a strand in the Ontario Language Curriculum that assists your child in becoming a critical thinker who effectively evaluates and responds to media texts around them. Below are the learning goals for Grade 3, and some websites and links that we will look at to accomplish these learning goals.
www.mediasmarts.ca This is one of the websites I used the most when planning my year. This website contains great lessons for teachers, based on the newly revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum, and GREAT Tip Sheets for parents. We need our children to be media savvy in this day and age!
Co-Co Adversmarts This is a game we will play to help children understand the role of advertising in their daily lives.
PBS Don't Buy It PBS Kids is a great website. This link shows you some advertising tricks, and kids can play some interesting games!
Learning Goal 1.1: I will examine and learn what the purpose, audience, and form of a television commercial.
FACT vs. OPINION Knowing the difference between FACT and OPINION is a critical thinking skill that students need to grasp before learning MEDIA literacy. Many younger children think FANTASY is reality, and it takes time and experience for children to learn the difference.
Learning Goal: I will learn how to write and orally tell my personal opinion about ideas presented in Media Texts. After watching the below videos, and discussing EARTH DAY in class, students will answer the question "Do you agree or disagree with the message that we all have a responsibility to reduce, reuse, and recycle? Why? Use details from the text and your own ideas to answer this question.
Go to 5:23 to learn about recycling! Easy and fun video for K-3.
Media Literacy Projects
Public Service Announcements---I love this project. It integrates drama as well as Media Literacy! With a teacher's limited time in the classroom, integration is key!