Lesson Plan

Teaching TV: Learning With Television

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 1 to 6

Author: This lesson, by Elizabeth Verrall, has been adapted with permission from the Federation of Women Teachers’ Association of Ontario (FWTAO) Curriculum Insert 1994 Vol. 12 No. 5. Toronto, Ontario, May/June 1993.

This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


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 learn about television as a source of information, and how this information is presented from a particular point of view.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • become aware that they can derive information from media products
  • identify and use information derived from the media
  • identify and use information derived from television
  • recognize which TV programs provide information and learning
  • begin to differentiate fact from fantasy

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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