4th Grade Ethics, Rules, And Trends Lesson Plan Example (Environmental)

Topic: Technology Use in Children

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the importance of ethics, rules, and trending issues related to technology use in children.
  • Students will be able to express their opinions on this issue in writing using text evidence to support


  • Articles on technology use in youth (ethical issues, trends, rules, etc.)
  • Writing paper
  • Pencils
  • Video on technology use in young children


  • Write the following question on the board: "How do you think technology can have positive and negative effects on children?"
  • Ask students to think about their answer for a few minutes.
  • Next, have students turn and talk with their table mates
  • Then, have a class discussion and write down the students' responses on the board.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce some current trends with young children and technology use
  • Read a few articles and watch a video about current trends, ethical issues, and rules with technology use in children
  • Discuss the issues that are presented in the articles and video.
  • Use a handouts with questions to guide the discussion.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the class into small groups.
  • Have each group discuss some of the ethical issues, trends, and rules with children and technology use
  • Have each group share their answers or opinions with the class.

Independent Practice

  • Have students write a short essay about some of the ethical issues, trends, or rules with technology use in young children
  • Encourage students to use examples from the articles or video to support their points.


  • Review the key concepts of the lesson: ethical issues, rules, and trends with children and technology use
  • Have students share their essays with a partner or class


  • Observe students during the independent practice to assess their understanding
  • Collect and grade essays as a form of assessment.

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