S.M.A.R.T. First Grade

Safety First:
Stay on a safe path. As teachers, we post websites that we have previewed and see as safe learning areas for students. Often these sites have flashing icons and links to other games and activites. Children need to understand the importance of "staying on the path" in areas deamed safe and appropriate by a trusted adult. In the story Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red's mother reminds her to stay on the path to Grandma's house to keep safe. Little Red become distracted, ventures off the path, and puts herself in danger. Read the story or watch the United Streaming video (6 min. 18 sec). Discuss the path through the woods and how it is surrounded by many wonderful things, but also some not so safe ones. Make a connection between the character's path and the path to the sites you want children to navigate to within your classroom. Let them know that all sites on the internet are not safe.

Suggested Class Activity:
  • Use the following sites to search for links that would be safe and appropriate to explore further and for those that should not be selected by first graders. There is no need to follow the links, just discuss why the ads, contests, and periferal links are not to be followed. Use SmartBoard tools to circle and cross out links accordingly.
After reviewing this site, click on the Folktale link listed on the page and use the same activity. Notice
how sites geared toward children are not only challenging for them to navigate but often ask for personal information.

Suggested Teacher Discussion questions:
  • Why is it important to be safe on the internet?
  • How do you know what is safe?

My Creation or Give Credit:
The internet is about sharing ideas. The internet gives us easy access to all kinds of great information. This recording of information was made by many different people we will never have the opportunity to meet. Still, their thoughts and idea belong to them and it is okay to use their ideas as long as we give them credit. In exchange, we hope that we will be given credit for the work we share and post. In the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a naughty little girl enters a house and helps herself to someone else's food, chairs, and beds. Read the story of Goldilocks, watch the classic video (5 min. 41 seconds) or James Marshall's version (8 min.), Discuss how it is wrong to take what is not yours and make the connection to information in the internet. Talk about all the information available and that all of us can create, collaborate and share, but we need to remember to give credit to creators.

Suggested Teacher Discussion Questions:
  • Why is it important to give credit to the owner of the work?
  • How do we give credit for someone else's work on the internet?
  • How do you give yourself credit for work you post? (ie: post without using last names, personal information...)

Awareness of Accuracy:
Some of the information on the internet is not accurate. The internet is a collections of facts and ideas posted by people. Children need to develop an awareness that just because it is on the internet, doesn't mean it is true. Users of the internet have to think about the ideas and make some judgements for themselves. Read the story Chicken Little or watch the video ( 11 min.). In the story, Chicken Little makes a mistake and passes along information that is not true. The other characters believe what Chicken Little has told them without thinking for themselves or checking the information. This leads to serious consequences. Discuss how we need to use what we already know, or research further, to help us decide if information is accurate. We also need to be sure that anything we post ourselves is accurate.

Suggested Classroom Activity:
True or False
  • I ask myself if the information makes sense based on what I already know.
  • Everything I read on the internet accurate.
  • I should ask my parents or my teacher for help if I think something is not right.
  • I can post whatever I want whether it is right or not.

The following are two completely untue/inaccurate websites. Vist them with your class. Remind them of the statements presented above in the True or False section.
dog island
save the mountain walrus

Suggested Teacher Discussion Questions:
  • What does accurate mean?
  • How can you tell if something is accurate?

Responsible Postings:
Ideas we post on the internet must be responsible and respectful. People look to the internet for information. It is our responsibilty to keep the information we post accurate, respectful, and responsible, Our postings reflect us. As others follow our work, they begin to view us as responsible or not. It is important to contribute positively to the world. In the fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", the boy gives information to the people that is untrue. They immediately act upon what they have heard because they trust the boy. The people soon begin to realize that they can no longer believe everything they are told. Read the story "The Boy who Cried Wolf" or watch the video( 3 min. 5 sec). Discuss how we need to be sure that information we post on the internet is accurate, responsible, and respectful. Remember that our posts reflect us.

Suggested Teacher Discussion Questions:
  • What does it mean to be responsible on the internet?
  • How do you blog and comment respectfully?

Suggested Classroom Activity:
  • Give each child a copy of Max's Blog. Talk about four responsible, helpful ways to respond to Max. Compliments, questions, suggestions, and personal connections can help Max think about his writing.

Max's Blog

Traceable Footprint:
Others can follow your path and know where you have been. Children need to develop the understanding that as we move from site to site on the internet, other people can follow our trail and will know where we have been. The internet is not a private place. Read the story Hansel and Gretel or watch the video ( 2 min. 20 sec). In the story, Hansel leaves bread crumbs on the trail that he can easily find his way back home. Connect this idea to traceable digital footprints we leave as we explore the internet.

Suggested Teacher Discussion Questions:
  • Could someone else follow your trail through the woods?
  • In your opinion, what is a digital footprint?
  • Why is important to have a positive digital footprint?

Suggested Classroom Activity:
The National Geographic Kids site is a good research site for kids to use. Follow the link and arrow through the 4 pictures of the bald eagle. Tell the students you will be randomly choosing other animal pictures below the bald eagle and look through those sequences as well. Ask them to try to remember the order of the animals they view. When you finish, see how well the children remember the sequence. Give them a paper (possibly with a sequence of footprints) to record their recollection of the sites. They can check their work as the teacher repeatedly hits the Back arrow on the top tool bar. *The computer is retracing your footsteps and that record is also kept in the History section under Favorites. Note that when we visit sites on the internet, that information is always tracked by our own computers and by other users on the internet.

Link to Footprint Activity

Thought Provoking Unit Wrap Up:
This is a great You-Tube video to review concepts presented throughout the unit. Be sure to note the credits given at the end of this video created by RozziBearHere.

Many of the videos linked to this page require membership to Discovery Education (United Streaming). Be sure you have a user name and password ready if you wish to view the videos as part of your lessons.

Anchor Charts are helpful in keeping main ideas posted and organized.


Supplemental Opportunities for Grades 1, 2 and 3

Interactive websites:

Webonauts created by PBS Kids, could be a good site for kids at multiple grade levels The motto it reinforces:
Observe- carefully. Watch what is happening so you can make good decisions
Respect: treat everyone well
Contribute- help others in the academy and the community

Extension Videos:

Hector's World from Think U Know.Co, is a site with teaching cartoons (they are connected as a series) and tips.
Cartoon 1: "Details, Details" discusses sending personal information out on the internet.
Cartoon 2: "Welcome the the Carnival" Protect your information: It can become public.
Cartoon 3:"It's a Serious Game" Some game sites try to get your personal information.
Cartoon 4: "The Info Gang" Get help with a site when you feel uncomfortable. Think things through.
Cartoon 5: :Heros" Stop and think before you do anything on line. Always check with a trusted adult before
giving out private/personal information.
Cartoon 6: "You're Not Alone" Tells how to handle cyber bullying.

Professor Garfield i from the Virginia Department of Education is a series of 3 cartoon videos that discuss internet safety, cyber bullying and Facts/Opinions.
Its safety catch phrase is YAPPY. It reminds kids to protect...
Your full name
Phone number
Your plans
It also introduces the idea of Surf Smart which is information you can share on the internet (jokes, fav. TV show...)

Clicky the Robot is one of the Netsmart characters that teach kids about safety in their world and on the internet. Choose from a variety of videos for safety instruction.