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Can you spot a Fake News Website?

1. Click 2. On page 1 follow the instructions to highlight 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 , or to write your score out of 9. 5. Click on the to page 2. 6. On page 2 you will change the words in the text boxes 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 from the internet (or, even better, draw a picture!) and add it to your article. 7. Use the 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 .

5th Grade, 7th Grade, 6th Grade, Home Learning, Digital Citizenship
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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.