With so much discussion about the reliability of online sources of information and "false news," I thought it essential to provide students with information about determining the legitimacy of websites.
There is a lot of information in this handout, so I tried to create a hook that would draw kids' attention and also help them better remember the steps to evaluating sources.
I came up with the acronym, SPATULAS.
I know it sounds odd, but I included clip art of a fish-chef with a spatula and the catch phrase, "Scoop up and flip over internet sources to determine their reliability."
Corny, I know, but my kids actually were amused by it and interested in the content. The acronym expands as follows;
Each topic includes discussion and examples.
I also include some brief discussion of "false news" and addresses of four websites that help students determine if news is legitimate.
The handout is created on PowerPoint to make the graphics easier for me to manipulate.
You can print it out on grayscale; I use white with a blue border.
I use clear font and an attractive and easy to follow format.
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