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Can you spot a Fake News Website?

Grades: 7th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade
Subjects: Home Learning, Digital Citizenship

Student Instructions

1. Click add 2. On page 1 follow the instructions to highlight highlighter the signs that this webpage and it's article may not be genuine. 3. Watch the video on page 1 to see how well you did. 4. Use the pen, pencil or label to write your score out of 9. 5. Click on the link to page 2. 6. On page 2 you will change the words in the text boxes move to create your own Fake News Website. You can be as creative with your topic as you wish. Alien invasion? Free gold jewellery? Real invisibility cloaks? An animal which can talk? Consider which website your fake website may be impersonating: CNN, BBC, Reuters, National Geographic... 7. Find a relevant picture photo from the internet (or, even better, draw pencil a picture!) and add it to your article. 7. Use the pencil to tick the success criteria to show which parts you have included in your fake news website. 8. When you are happy with your work, click the check.

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

This activity is based on a BBC Bitesize page. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zwfm8hv?xtor=CS8-1000-[Discovery_Cards]-[Multi_Site]-[SL07]-[PS_BITESIZE~N~~A_CanYouSpotTheSignsOfFakeNews?] My experience with BBC Bitesize is that they will change the location of their resources without warning and it is very difficult to find the resources again. Therefore, I have taken what I can from the website to use as a stand-alone activity. I would recommend visiting the website however as the identification of the 9 errors on page 1 is much more interactive. This activity was designed for KS2 pupils in the UK and can be used as a stand-alone lesson. To take this further you may ask the children to create a working fake website using an online web designer. Alternatively, they could design a poster to raise awareness of Fake News Websites and how to spot them.