PBS Kids’ Don’t Buy It: Get Media Smart is a media literacy web site for young people that encourages users to think critically about media and become smart consumers. Activities on the site are designed to provide users with some of the skills and knowledge needed to question, analyze, interpret and evaluate media messages.
Among resources, you’ll find Tips for Teachers and The Don’t Buy It Guide for Teachers that provides extension classroom activities related to games on Don’t Buy It. Intended for grades 3 – 5, these activities offer suggestions to incorporate media education into your curriculum. Among the array of activities/lessons/resources, you’ll find:
Are You Plugged In? Students look at time spent watching TV, surfing the Web, or playing video games. They also consider what products they consume and whether they’re influenced by advertising targeted at them.
Cost of Cool Students explore how marketers use the idea of “cool” to sell clothing and accessories, and they become aware of their own attitudes and perceptions about what is cool.
Create Your Own Ad This lesson introduces students to the elements of advertising and asks how they distinguish between a print ad and a photograph accompanying a magazine article as they consider how advertisers create and make sure they look at their ads.
There’s also a link for parents that you can share.