Wacky Media Songs: Finding and Verifying Lesson Plan

Level: Grade K to 3

About the Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts.

Duration: 10-15 minutes per activity

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


This lesson series contains discussion topics and extension activities for teachers to integrate the TVOKids Original series Wacky Media Songs. This lesson focuses on the skills to effectively search the internet for information they need for personal and school purposes, and then evaluate, authenticate and critique the sources and information they use for school or for personal reasons.

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand that media have social and political implications
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion and reliable and unreliable sources
  • Understand that media have commercial considerations that may influence the content of news and information sources
  • Understand that digital media are networked
  • Reflect on how the ease of publishing digital content makes it easier to spread mis- and disinformation
  • Develop strategies for identifying reliable sources and verifying information
  • Understand that how digital tools are made influences how we use them
  • Consider the impacts of algorithmic recommendation systems on our media experiences

Preparation and materials