April Fool's Joke: Inference / Critical Thinking Lesson: Fake News vs Tulips 002

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High-Interest April Fools' Joke + Critical Thinking Lesson!

Can your students figure out if this is a real Google product?

Seriously. This is a legit Google video. But, can your students infer it's an April Fool's Joke?

Look at the Preview VIDEO and PDF to see what you get in this product.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Want a free sample? Check out FAKE NEWS vs The Five Ws

60 minutes of content:

  • Part 1: Fake News vs Tulips + Exit Ticket (30 min)

  • Part 2: Taking up the Answers + Student Reflection (30 min)

The slideshow lesson teaches critical thinking concepts.

  • Use the Five Ws (who, what, when, where, why/how) to think about the video.

  • Then ask "Why or How" questions to gain a deeper understanding.

The exit ticket assessment gives students a chance to demonstrate their understanding.

Marking Guide includes sample "look-fors."

  • Incorrect answer

  • Simple / straightforward answer

  • Answers demonstrating increasing complexity

  • A list of "Next Steps" is included on the exit ticket. You can choose one for the student, or they can self-select what they think they need to work on.

Generic rubric categories are used instead of numbers or marks:

  • Epic, Great, Good, Simple, Very Simple, Misunderstanding.

This way, you can use this activity with different grades - just shift the benchmark where students need to demonstrate to get a "B", "level 3" or 75%

  • If you teach a higher grade, maybe "Good" is what students need to demonstrate to get a "B."

  • If you teach a lower grade, maybe "Simple" is what students need to demonstrate to get that same "B."

  • If a student is on accommodations, ELL, ESL, or an Individual Education Plan (IEP), maybe they need to demonstrate the ideas from the "Very Simple" category to get that "B."

  • The answer guide has ideas of varying complexity so you can use these "look-fors" to create your own marking scheme.

The "Taking up the Answers" slideshow

  • shows students how to take a simple answer and create a more complex idea using "idea volleyball."

  • It takes a "straightforward" answer and shows students how to create a more complex answer.

  • It takes that same "straightforward" answer and simplifies it to shows students what a lower mark answer might look like.

Social-Emotional Learning is built directly into the lesson and assessment:

The exit ticket is designed to help students develop self-awareness skills as they work their way through the "Fake News versus" series.

After students see the correct answer, the "Taking up the Answers" slideshow walks students through the goal-setting process to improve:

  • Step 1: What did you do well?

  • Step 2: What ideas did you miss this time?

  • Step 3: What is your goal for next time?

  • Step 4: What might help you to improve?

The "Taking up the Answers" slideshow gives students examples of actions they can take to improve:

  • Use a different Strategy

  • Apply more Effort.

  • Optimize results (by looking at previous work to see if there are patterns.)

  • Tinkering with new ideas

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✅ The slideshow lesson teaches the concepts (28 slides.)

✅ The "Taking up the answers" slideshow shows students where they went wrong and how they can improve (55 slides.)

✅ You can EDIT THE GOOGLE SLIDES to fit your classroom needs.

✅ Visual Lesson Timing PDF (8 pages) shows you which slides to teach (i.e. a lesson plan just with slide thumbnails.)

✅ Exit Ticket Handout (1 page.) Note: I used Google Slides to make the handout.

✅ Answer Guide PDF (1 page) with things to "look-for" for different categories on the rubric. (i.e. ideas with increasing complexity.)

✅ Scanned Handwritten Example Answer PDF (1 page) so students can see what a complex answer might look like. (i.e., how to get all of those complex ideas into a tiny space by being precise and concise.)

✅ Use the one-click copy links (in the START HERE File Table of Contents PDF) to quickly find the files you need.

If you have any questions, please email me at Mike@educircles.org or ask in the Questions and Answers section!

Total Pages
89 slides, lesson plan (8 pg), exit ticket (1 pg), answer guide (1 pg)
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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