This short course helps students make decisions about rumors. Through fun, games, play, ground rules, teamwork, active learning, and feedback from participating family, students learn about different types of rumors and some effective approaches to cope with them. The lesson employs techniques that include multiple intelligences: visual, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal (students work on individual values), and logical.
The Think Ahead Method (TAM) is used in this lesson to encourage thoughtful examination rather than jump to a snap judgment. To promote thoughtful examination, a form of critical thinking, students have an opportunity to discuss not only different types of rumors but also to examine the affect rumors have on others.
In addition, with their families, students explore their personal values. Knowing what personal values are and which values are personally important helps in making healthy decisions. The overall goal of this lesson is for students to think ahead before repeating a rumor.
Vocabulary: active learning, cope, critical thinking, disinformation, gossip, hearsay, misinformation, opinion, rumor, tales, team building, teamwork, valuables, values, whisper
Contents: Overview, Introduction, Materials needed, Objectives, Activity steps (step-by-step detailed instructions), Handouts (Whisper game homework worksheet, Values vs. Valuables, Rumors Tip Sheet, Rumors Worksheet part 1 of 2, Rumors Worksheet part 2 of 2).
Grayscale handouts are available at the end of the lesson.
Teaching duration varies upon class size.
Important note: The Whisper Game is included in the DMK 4th Grade Curriculum, Lesson 4 (The Rumor Game). However, Rumors: Coping with Rumors is a stand-alone lesson that has been customized for an entire classroom and includes a variety of different activities.