Media Literacy Week Teachers’ Hub
Welcome to the Media Literacy Week Teachers’ Hub!
This space is designed to provide you with plug and play lessons and resources on digital and media literacy topics that relate to this year’s event, brought to you by MediaSmarts and supported by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.
The teachers’ hub features five days of lesson plans and activities curated around five media literacy themes - use, understand, engage (including activities for Digital Citizen Day), access and verify! We’ve also brought you special pre-recorded plug and play lessons, led by MediaSmarts experts, covering topics like body image, online hate and identifying what’s real online.
Incorporate these digital media literacy activities into your classroom activities during Media Literacy Week October 23-27, 2023 and beyond!
Plug and play lessons
MediaSmarts has developed video versions of selected lessons designed so that teachers can present the lessons on a screen or digital whiteboard with minimal preparation. Each video lesson is presented by one of MediaSmarts’ media education specialists and includes opportunities for discussion, classroom activities and assessment
These printable activity sheets introduce basic media literacy skills and concepts and are suitable for use in homes, schools and libraries. They can be completed independently, but children will learn more if you discuss the activities with them.
This activity helps kids recognize and ask questions about gender stereotypes. Working with a friend or family member, kids fill in the blanks of a princess story.
In this activity, kids learn how emojis can be used to show people how they feel when communicating online.
This activity introduces the idea that media are everywhere – including our own cupboards and grocery store shelves – and are the result of choices that were made with particular purposes in mind.
For more than 20 years, house hippos have been helping teach kids to think critically about media. In this activity, five of them are hiding in a very messy room. Kids can turn the page to make sure they spotted them all and also learn five ways to verify anything they’ve seen online.
Daily lesson ideas for Media Literacy Week
October 24, 2023: Understand
Printable activity sheet: What is this cereal box saying? (ages 5-10)
October 25, 2023: Digital Citizen Day - Engage
October 27, 2023: Verify
Printable activity sheet: Spot the house hippos (ages 8-13)
Looking for more resources?
USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE provides a road map for teaching digital literacy skills in Canadian schools. The framework draws on seven key aspects of digital literacy – ethics and empathy, privacy and security, community engagement, digital health, consumer awareness, finding and verifying and making and remixing – and provides teachers with supporting lessons and interactive resources that are linked to curriculum outcomes for every province and territory.
This web section provides detailed information on media education for each province and territory, information on provincial/territorial media education organizations, and a listing of media education curricular outcomes, by grade, with links to supporting MediaSmarts resources.