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5th Grade - Media in Daily Life


Identify the various functions of media in daily life (i.e., communication, entertainment, information, persuasion). SPI 0501.7.4

Links verified on 9/27/2016

  1. Affluenza: A PBS Program - Lessons such as "Be an Adbuster!" and "What are Advertisers Selling?" are based on Affluenza, a one-hour television special that explores the high social and environmental costs of materialism and over consumption. The lessons can be used without the video.
  2. The American Memory Collection - American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
  3. Capturing A Moment In Time - explore imagery poetry through the use of a digital camera. Students think of a moment in time important to them, take a picture that represents it, and write a poem about it. A lesson plan can be found at this site
  4. Evaluating Media for Bias - A checklist for teachers when using media in the classroom
  5. Flow of Information - an event/social movement/discovery is reported in different types of sources at different times
  6. Images: Focus on the details! - Learn how to unlock the meaning of images providing students with a broader understanding of events, objects and people A lesson plan can be found at this site
  7. Media Awareness - This mini curriculum unit introduces grades 5-8 to the concept of images presented through the media, primarily advertising through print and on television. The unit is divided into three approximately 45-minute lessons. [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
  8. Media Literacy Key Concepts - an effective foundation for examining mass media and popular culture.
  9. Project Vote Smart - At Project Vote Smart, Americans young and old volunteer their time, take no money from special interests groups, and are committed to providing you with the most relevant, unbiased information on over 40,000 candidates and officials.
  10. Reading the Fine Print - read the fine print in different advertisements, analyze the fine print to see if the deal is worth it, and do the math to figure out the real cost of an "amazing" offer
  11. Truth in Advertising - read and identify various types of advertisements, analyze advertisements for examples of persuasive writing, generalizing, exaggeration, and scare tactics, and write responses to ads that you've analyzed

A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons site for teachers | A PowerPoint show related to this standard PowerPoint show | An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format Acrobat document | A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded Word document | This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard whiteboard resource | This resource includes voice instructions for students sound | A video is available through this link video format | This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data interactive lesson | This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding a quiz | A lesson plan can be found at this site lesson plan | This link includes something for the teacher to print to print

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