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Lena L.
1. http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/elementary/ethics/compare_real_tv_families.cfm

students learn how the media construct reality by studying the families portrayed on television, and comparing them to the real-life families they know: their own, and those of their peers.


Grade 2-6 This lesson introduces students to some of the myth-building techniques of television by comparing super heroes and super villains from television to heroes and villains in the real world and by conveying how violence and action are used to give power to characters. This lesson introduces students to some of the myth-building techniques of television by comparing super heroes and super villains from television to heroes and villains in the real world and by conveying how violence and action are used to give power to characters.

Liz K.
1. http://www.ehow.com/how_2152781_teach-pop-culture.html
This is a great website that gives you a "how to" on teaching while using pop culture. It also gives you good tips to picking an appropriate reference for your pop culture. The article also tells you how to bring your lesson to life!
2. http://mrsgannon.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/mummies-make-them-online/
This a lesson plan regarding mummies, good for the fall/Halloween season. It starts off by discussing mummies in the media/pop culture and then goes more in depth. There are also other resources from this website that you can go to for more information and lesson ideas.

Tiffany Klatt
1. http://teachersnet./lesson/posts/1467.html
Using the moving Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, students will build a foundation for the 5 themes of geography. This activity helps students understand how people depend on their environment and how movement of people brings changes.

2. http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSMDOTransportationUnitK.htm
Using children's toy cars, trucks and buses, students will build knowledge of the importance of transporation in related to the Geography standard of social studies. This activity is a pre-K through 1st grade level.

Rachel Shepard
1) http://www.teachnet.com/lesson/misc/fairytales.html
This resource incorporates cinderella and other fairy tale princesses in most areas of study. It goes into detail about family and the history behind cinderella and where the story comes from.

2) http://www.childdrama.com/lplion.html
This is a social studies lesson about friendship and community. This uses Disney's The Lion King and the jungle to show that everybody plays a big part of the jungle and the students will come up with charcteristics of what makes a good animal (good friend) in the jungle.

Tiffany Morikis
1) http://www.firstladies.org/curriculum/curriculum.aspx?Curriculum=1728
This is a social studies lesson for Elementary students to learn the history of some of their favorite tv shows as well as different tv theories. They research and compare tv shows that are popular today with tv shows that were popular a few years ago. They can then make a character museum with the information that they find.

This lesson incorporates Sesame Street into letter recognition and letter sounds activities. There are also links to find lessons about shapes, numbers and safety.

Jerrica Crawford
1) http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=1010
This website includes a lesson that involves pictures of popular culture characters to create a digital pattern book for children. Allows children to bring in their own popular culture item and connect literacy to real-life objects.

2) http://www.teachhub.com/student-activities/sample-printables/?grade=1
This website provides numerous lesson plans dealing with popular culture items. It uses resources like movie premieres for learning adding and subtraction, Spongebob to learn about the parts of speech and the alphabet, and many more!

Katie Davis
1) http://www.schoolsnet.com/pls/hot_school/sn_primary.page_pls_resource_detail?x=16180339&p_res_id=143In this lesson, students will describe their favorite toy, as well as explain how their favorite toys have changed as they have grown older.

In this lesson, students will recognize how a museum organizes its exhibits. Students can bring in old and new toys, and figure out how to organize them in an appropriate way for others to view. Students can construct a timeline to go with their toys and practice labeling the toys in the museum.

Katie Frazzette
1.) http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/elementary/advertising_marketing/food_advertising.cfm
This lesson introduces students to the ways in which advertising can affect their food choices. The students are exposed to television ads, magazine ads, and jingles. At the end of the lesson, the class will create a jingle about foods they enjoy.

2.) http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/elementary/violence/fav_sports_and_athletes.cfm
This lesson develops a beginning awareness by students of how they feel towards, and respond to, different sports, and how the media represents athletics. Students discuss watching sports on TV and in person, explore the marketing of sports by looking at sports-related clothing and toys, and discuss issues of men, women, and the disabled in sports.

Caitlin Dodeci
1. http://atozteacherstuff.com/pages/263.shtmlThis lesson is for a second grade classroom. It allows the students to practice research strategies on the computer to find information about Australia. The students will search for pictures, information, and facts to put together a travel brochure. It is beneficial for students to practice using a search engine on a computer to complete good research.

2. http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/elementary/television_radio/teaching_tv_evaluating.cfmThis lesson is generated towards grades one-six. It allows students to look at the products advertised through television. Students will learn that television products have unique characteristics that can be critiqued. They will understand different types of media and appreciate them.

Laura Godfray
1. http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/soc/cecsst/cecsst058.html
This activity uses Cinderella to have students pair-share and learn about culture. The Egyptian Cinderella is shared with the class to compare it to the well-known American version of Cinderella. The students compare the dress in the stories, the characters’ behavior, and the endings of the stories. It is appropriate for grades one through five.
This lesson involves having children conduct interviews and surveys in order to find out what television programs their peers and family members like best. Based on that information, children will create their own television programs, and learn what it is like to be a member of the media.

Alyssa Amrein
1. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/This website allows kids to watch videos, play games, and participate in activities in order to learn more about geography, famous people, famous places, and etc.

2. http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2009/sessions/62/popular-culture-classroom This website contains various lessons in which students watch videos, look at old advertisements, and etc to improve students' literacy, productivity, and many other things. Students can learn about the use of advertisements to sell things (economics)

Kelly Chek
1. http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/elementary/gender_portrayal/once_upon_a_time.cfm
In this lesson, students in grades 2 to 6 become aware of the idea of stereotyping and the role that stereotypes play in the stories and movies that they enjoy.
2. http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/elementary/gender_portrayal/sheroes_and_heroes.cfm
This lesson encourages students to compare characteristics of heroes in real life and fantasy heroes and focus on female and male (s)heroes. In small groups, students will create lists of sheroes and heroes from television and from real life and, using props they have created, will present these people to fellow students.

April C.
1) http://www.nickjr.com/teachers/lesson_plans/maniac_magee_lesson_two.jhtml
This lesson is for grades 3-5 and incorporates the moive Maniac Magee. Students learn about stereotypes and similarities and differences between each other. Make a visible line in the classroom and have students stand on one side. Make various statements (ex. I need glasses or contacts to help me see) and if the statement is true, then students cross the line. After many rounds, ask questions and talk about how standing out make students feel.
2) http://www.national.ballet.ca/pdf/education/Beauty_Guide.pdf
This focuses on The Sleeping Beauty as a ballet, but you could show the Disney movie. There is a 2nd grade lesson (p. 12) that focuses on Celebrations in Sleeping Beauty and has students compare these celebrations to those that they celebrate in their culture. Could be extended to celebrations around the world.

Marissa Lembersky
1.) http://www.pbs.org/teachers/media_lit/getting_started.html
This website is for teachers and gives ideas on how to incorporate advertising with visual and performing arts, analyzing music videos, design elements in political cartoons, and analyzing photographs and newspapers. It is mainly for older early childhood grades, but you can use your judgment and adapt/modify the ideas.
2.) http://www.greenwood.com/PCU/product_information.aspx?sub_page=usage
This website discusses icons, film and society, the history of music, sports and society, and diversity in American culture in terms of how much they have effected our society and the stereotypes that we have developed.

Kelli Cripps
1. http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/elementary/violence/ftv_media_violence.cf

In this lesson, students explore the absence, or unrealistic portrayal, of consequences to violence in the media. The class begins with a "what would happen if?" discussion of consequences to violent acts that might occur in real life. Students then complete work sheets where they compare TV depictions of violent acts to what would actually happen in real life. Students also begin to question depicted consequences of media violence based on feelings, responsibilities, injuries and results of actions.

2. http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/elementary/body_image/prejudice_body_image.cfm
This lesson lets students take a good look at our society's pressures to conform to standards of beauty - particularly to be thin - and the related prejudice against being "overweight." Through class discussion and activities, students begin to recognize how the media pressure us to achieve a certain looks and how media images may lead to prejudice against those who don't conform to their standards of attractiveness.

Laura Wilson
1. http://nieonline.com/aaec/cftc.cfm

This website offers many ideas on how to use political cartoons in the classroom. There are contests, lesson ideas, and more cartoon available for your use on this website.

2. http://www.teachwithmovies.org/teachers.htm#history
This website gives many different ideas on how to teach with movies across all content areas, including social studies.

Jen Bruner
1. http://www.pbs.org/parents/animalia/activities/media_literacy/media_activity_1.html
This website provides a way for students to track their use of various media in their life. It involves them using a week long activity of having students keep a record of how long they watch television, use their cell phones, etc. and how long they do non media related activities.

This website provides a lesson where students create their own business and create their own advertisements for the business that they create. The students use various economic terms, such as goods and services, and pick something that they want to market to their classmates.

1. http://www.medialiteracy.com/teaching_social.htm
This website allows teachers to understand the social studies standards on media literacy in their own state. This website also allows teacher to have a better understanding of how they can integrate media in their daily teaching. It shows teachers what website have lesson plans that integrate media as well.
2. http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/teachers/index.cfm
This website is a great website where teachers can go to get lesson plans that incorporate media in their lessons. This is very helpful for teacher who are having difficulty thinking of ways to include media in their lessons. This website also explains to teacher why media literacy is important and why we teach it.

Courtney Price
1. http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/elementary/violence/ftv_rewriting_the_script.cfm
This website is geared towards younger children and gives teachers different lesson plans for teaching non-violence in schools. This particular lesson looks at T.V. shows and violence and "rewrites the script" for what characters could do instead of acting violent.
2. http://www.ncpc.org/topics/bullying/teaching-kids-about-bullying/bullying-grades-1-2-
This website is the National Crime Prevention Council and gives teachers lesson plans for different subjects. This particular lesson is about bullying and gives children different outlets for dealing with bullying and allows children to practice how to respond appropriately to bullies.

Katie Ellenburg
1. http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson038.shtml
Exploring Native Americans Across the Curriculum
Provides teachers with lessons and resources to help overcome the stereotype of Native Americans that is often portrayed in movies, TV, and literature. This site encourages teachers to provide a balanced approach to the portrayal of Native Americans today, their history, culture, and issues.

2. http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr040.shtml
Are You Teaching The Real Story of the “First Thanksgiving”?
Reminds teachers that the version of The First Thanksgiving is a blend of fact and myth. Facts and suggestions are provided to set the record straight and help teachers to teach lessons that are build around the entire truth.

Laura Kistler
1. http://lesson-plans-materials.suite101.com/article.cfm/using_twilight_to_teach_social_studies
This website provides lesson ideas for including the Twilight series in Social Studies instruction. Though the website provides ideas for junior high students, the ideas could easily be adapted for younger learners. The website suggests a connection to Native American culture by focusing on the character Jacob Black. The site also suggests studying mythology (concentrating on the werewolves and vampires), as well as geography by looking at all the places and locations that the characters visit. This website offers quite a few Social Studies topics that can relate to the extremely popular Twilight series.

This website presents the idea of using music to connect to Social Studies lessons and units. Songs and music have the ability to "take us back" to previous times, and so this article provides links to other articles and resources for teachers to use in order to integrate music and Social Studies. Many children can often relate to music in various ways, and this website provides a few ideas on how to use this connection to better engage learners.

Amanda Carrel:
This lesson can be used for grades 1-6 and gets students thinking about television and comparing it to their own life. The students also make decisions on whether or not a show/movie is appropriate for them to watch. Have the students discuss what makes a good and appropriate show/movie along with making comparisons between a character and there self. Then the students can break into small groups to tell their own story by creating their own storyboard.
This lesson is geared towards 3rd-7th grade and has the students take a deeper look into the media’s role in dictating standards of attractiveness to society. Students will begin and recognize the pressure media puts on us trying to achieve certain looks. Students will be able to have class discussions and look through magazines.

Jennifer Walters
This lesson is for students who are enrolled in a first grade classroom. Students are learning when, why, and the purpose of building castles during the medieval era. This lesson is taught through comparing Cinderella’s castle to the medieval castles.
This lesson is for students who are in grade K-3. Students will be comparing humor on television and in their own lives. Students will be put into small groups and tape television programs and discuss the elements that make these shows entertaining. Afterwards students will compare and contrast these programs to their own families and lives.

Kaitlyn Simpson
1. http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson327.shtml
This website gives different lesson plans about holidays. You could use this website to come up with activities to teach about different cultures. I think it would be neat to use one activity but to change it to fit many different cultures. This website includes links to the History of Toys and Games, Re-name that tune: A vocabulary lesson, A world of special celebrations, Deck the halls with literature trees and Unwrapping reading. You could use most of these in any early childhood classroom.

This website gives a lesson plan on making a book all about you. This would be a good lesson and website to use when your children are learning about themselves and character. You could do a lot with the books made by this lesson such as displaying them or having the children share them. It would also be neat to add some characteristics of the children into the book. You could do this by having the child describe themselves, a peer describe them and the teacher describe them.

Ryan Taylor
1. http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/World_Continents.htm
This website has a game that helps teach students the names and locations of the continents and oceans. There are four different levels from tutorial to intermediate. Since this game is structured like this, it can be geared towards all of your students' learning abilities.

2. http://bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2/symbols/index.html
This website has links that students can click on to learn more information about certain symbols in America's history-such as the Flag, the Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, etc.

Jenna Venegoni
This lesson is one of a five-part unit that provides teachers with ideas for teaching TV in the elementary classroom. In this lesson, students explore the ways in which television tells stories.

This lesson introduces students to the ways in which advertising can affect their food choices. Working from television and magazine ads, students discuss the techniques used by advertisers to engage kids with products. Specifically, they assess the importance of "spokescharacters" and jingles as effective ways to build relationships with kids. As a class exercise, they create jingles and spokescharacters themselves for the foods they enjoy.

Ryan Britton
This is an online tool from PBS that gives a wide assortment of lessons integrating media and areas for teachers to go, separated by subject area, which uses videos to introduce or extend the lesson to popular culture. In the social studies area there are cartoons and popular characters such as Curios George and has lessons extending from these videos. The content is age appropriate by grade levels and is child centered to give the children personal connections in different content areas with the use of pop culture.

This online tool is from scholastic and offers current news from around the world in an early childhood classroom centered way. The website has games about the constitution, videos and news clips, articles and interactive movies, TV shows and music related areas, all for the teachers and students to explore and use. This is a great resource to infuse popular culture, current issues and media all together within the classroom.

Jennifer Lane
This is a lesson plan discusses stereotypes and how they are used on television. The lesson focuses on how and why stereotypes are used and the negative influences they have on viewers. Children will learn representations in the media aren't always true. This plan is appropriate for grades 2-6.

This lesson focuses on body image. It discusses the pressures to be thin and to conform to the standards of beauty. The lesson focuses on how image is portrayed in the media and how these images are impossible for a large percentage of our population to attain. The grade level for this lesson would be 3rd.