Finding balance in our digital lives Lesson Plan

Level: Grades K to 3

About the Author: This lesson was written for MediaSmarts by Ethan Anderson

Duration: 30-60 minutes

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


In this lesson, students look at the different ways in which we spend our free time and learn to find balance between active, learning and media activities. They begin by distinguishing between Active, Learning and Screen time, learn how activities can fall into more than one category; and reflect on their lives to see how well screen time is balanced by other types of activities. Finally, students consider how they might improve how their time is balanced. 

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • learn to participate in different types of activities each day
  • learn to find balance in the types of activities they participate in

Home and School Connection

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