Identify Trustworthy Information!

Each week on the QuaverSEL Blog, we highlight one of the core CASEL competencies and a sub-competency. Today, we’re diving into one of CASEL’s core competencies, responsible decision-making, and activities that help students to evaluate information accurately. 

Let’s dig in! 

In light of COVID-19, students may be hearing a lot of different information from a lot of different sources. They may overhear their parents watching the news or stumble upon articles online. During this time, it’s important that students understand how to evaluate information accurately. In this age of technology, it’s easy for information and news to get misconstrued or passed along without proper citation. What sources can we trust? What sources might give incorrect information?

Take five minutes this week to explore responsible decision-making and the importance of evaluation information accurately. 

The following activities are appropriate for 5th grade+ students. 

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

You’ll find this activity in Resource Manager by searching “Don’t Believe Everything You Read” or in the 5th Grade curriculum in Lesson 24. 

This story reinforces the theme of evaluating the accuracy and truthfulness of a variety of information from different sources. The story introduces Anika, who learns a lesson about not believing everything she reads. Annika reads an article that says that only men can be aerospace engineers and she worries and wonders if this is true. 

The story outlines four ways to evaluate a source of information:

  • Is the information coming from someone I trust?
  • Do I think the information is true?
  • What evidence is provided?
  • Is this based on facts? 

Students can also consult a trusted adult!

Learn how to assign this story to students at home.

Is It Trustworthy?

This activity addresses the theme of evaluating the accuracy and truthfulness of information from different sources. In the age of technology, it’s easy for information and news to get misconstrued or passed along without proper citation. What sources can we trust? What sources might give incorrect information?

You’ll find this activity in Resource Manager by searching “Is It Trustworthy” or in the 5th Grade curriculum in Lesson 24. 

Learn how to assign this activity to students at home.

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How are you encouraging students to evaluate information?

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