Grade 3, 4, and 5

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Essential Question:
How can using a cell phone distract you?
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Here is Ms. Smith...this is how I caught her walking down the hallway...she has TWO handheld devices in her hands, walking, texting, checking email and manages to do it all!!! What are your thoughts?

Students Will...
  • learn that cell phones are powerful, convenient tools for communication
  • identify situations in which using cell phones can be rude or distrcting
  • reflect on the benefits of focusing on one task at a time

Explain to students that while there are many benefits to having a cell phone, there are also some downsides. One of the downsides is that cell phones can be distracting.
Vocabulary Words: distract and multitask
Watch this video from Jennette McCurdy (iCarly)

Why DID the chicken cross the road?
What 3 distractions did Jennette name at the end of the commercial?

Explain to students that multitasking with a cell phone not only can put their safety at risk, as the commercial showed, but it also can annoy people around them. Cell phones can distract people from other important tasks.

Log On to Digital Passport and play TWALKERS independently.
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Students will complete the Communication Mission with a partner to unlock their homepage. They need to complete 3 rounds.

How can cell phones distract you from being polite to others?
How can cell phones distract you from being safe?
How can cell phones distract you from focusing on important things?

Here are some resources for parents in reference to keeping your kids safe with mobile devices.
Net Cetera Kids and Mobile Phones