Challenge Activity #2

This lesson was actually very fun to create because I used Storybird to write a story that would illustrate the importance of internet safety for my kindergartners.  The site has a large variety of illustrations to choose from, and what they do very well is provide images that go together and provide your story’s illustrations with a consistent style. My Storybird story can be found here.

This is a storytelling tool that would be great for older students to use in creating their own stories as they learn story elements. It is also an engaging way to present material to younger students who need a story to connect new information to to facilitate their learning and understanding.

One thing I have noticed as I attempt to include big idea/essential questions is that they can be difficult to come up with! When I find that I’m struggling to formulate an essential question for my lessons, I usually refer to other teachers who have posted similar lessons on their blogs or to websites with lesson plan resources. This is something I love about the teaching profession. We are all so eager to share our work with others because we understand that it is not about keeping our work for us and our students, but helping each other out for the good of students everywhere.

Below you will find my lesson plan on teaching kindergartners about internet safety and privacy.

Internet Safety/Privacy and Security

Shanea Kerns


Lesson Components Description
Identification of the Class Subject: Computer/Social SkillsGrade: Kindergarten

Number of Students:20

Virginia Standards of Learning & National Educational Technology Standards (Students) Virginia SOL:C/T K-2.3 B.    Understand the importance of protecting personal information and passwords.

·      Communicate an understanding of the basic principles of online safety.

·      Follow procedures that protect safety and security as outlined in the

division’s acceptable use policy.


  • 5. A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
Lesson Objectives List the objectives that your students will complete to accomplish this activity The students will…

·         Understand the importance of protecting personal information

·         Identify personal information that should be protected


Essential Questions(big idea and sub questions) When you go to the store with mommy or daddy, what kinds of things do you have to do? Why do you do these things? What is a stranger? What kinds of things should you not tell a stranger? What kinds of things are okay to tell a stranger?Teacher talk: These are important things to do so that we are safe. Well when we are using the computer, there are things we have to do to be safe, as well.


Problem & Quest Problem: How can we be safe when we are using the computer?Students will take the role of “security guards”. They will be broken up into four groups of five so that each student gets a chance to contribute during the activity. The activity will be included in the activities planned for the computer skills center that day.
Assessment & Evaluation small group discussion, quiz on iPads with headphones
Materials & Resources iPads will be used, as well as the Storybird website to read the story about Cedric the crocodile who preys on the little bird Phillip.
Procedures ( Instruction and Activities) Should be specific. I will read the story Cedric the Crocodile, which I created on Storybird, to the class as a whole. After reading the story, which will be projected from my Smart projector, and having the students retell it to me,  I will ask them the following comprehension questions: 

–          Was Cedric a stranger to Phillip?

–          What did Cedric do to make Phillip like him?

–          Should Phillip have trusted Cedric?


After talking about the story, students will break up into centers (computer/activity, writing, reading, listening)


In small group discussion, students will act as security guards for each other, with the teacher asking questions of their classmates and the students identifying what questions their classmates may or may not answer. Using iPads and headphones, students will take a quiz, answering questions about what things are okay and not okay to tell a stranger.


Management Students will have been taught the routines involved for center time. Time at each station (apart from reading) will not exceed 15-20 minutes to avoid distraction, students getting bored, etc. In the large group portion of the lesson, students will know to raise their hand if they wish to speak.
Differentiation Students will be called on to retell the story of Cedric the Crocodile in words their classmates who may not have understood all of the story may understand. Comprehension questions will be worded in more than one way to facilitate understanding. Examples will be given when discussing strangers, and students will be called upon to share their own experiences. Using the story of Cedric the Crocodile provides a visual for students. The small group work provides kinesthetic and auditory students with tasks that will appeal to their learning style.
Closure and Reflection The closing event for the day will be the quiz the students take on the iPads, but the lesson will be ongoing as we work more with the iPads and students will be able to see this concept of privacy at work and in context.



Hurtz, M. B., (2012, June 4). How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students. Retrieved from:

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