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Digital Citzenship: First Grade


Internet Safety

Teaching students that the Internet offers ways to collaborate with others worldwide while staying safe through using strategies such as distinguishing between inappropriate contact and positive connections. 


Information Literacy

The ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites, and give proper credit.






Privacy & Security

Includes strategies for managing student's online information and keeping it secure. Students should learn how to create strong passwords, how to avoid scams and schemes and how to analyze privacy policies.




Relationships & Communication

Students focus on building and strengthening positive online communication and communities. The digital citizenship and digital ethics are also emphasized through the reflection of their online interactions.


Student Learning Objectives

  • understand that being safe when they visit websites is similar to staying safe in real life.
  • learn to recognize websites that are good for them to visit.
  • recognize if they should ask an adult they trust before they visit a particular website.

Student Learning Objectives

  • learn how to search online by using the alphabet.
  • understand how to search for a specified letter of the alphabet on a children’s directory site.
  • apply the results of their alphabet search to create a picture dictionary.
  • understand that the main purpose of product sites is to encourage viewers to buy the product.
  • recognize how a site’s fun and interesting features help sell the product.
  • create their own product site home pages with features designed to sell their products.

Student Learning Objectives

  • learn that the information they put online leaves a digital footprint or “trail.”
  • explore what information is appropriate to be put online.
  • judge the nature of different types of digital footprints by following the information trails of two fictional animals.

Student Learning Objectives

  • understand that the Internet provides a means of communicating with real people.
  • describe how email messages are sent and received.
  • demonstrate an appreciation of how real people send messages to one another on the Internet through a role-playing activity.

Lesson Plan

Staying Safe Online

CCSS Grade 1: W.5, W.7, W.8, L.6

ISTE NETS: 1a, 4a, 4d, 5a-c, 6a, 6b



Lesson Plan

ABC Searching

CCSS Grade 1: RL.1, RL.4, W.5, W.7, W.8, L.1a, L.6

ISTE NETS•S: 3a, 3b, 5a, 5b, 6a



Things For Sale

CCSS Grade 1: RL.1, RL.4, RI.1, RI.4, RI.10, RF.4a, W.5, W.7, W.8, L.6

ISTE NETS•S: 1b, 1c, 3a-d, 4c, 5a


Lesson Plan

Follow the Digital Trail

CCSS Grade 1: RL.1, RL.3, RL.4, RI.1, RI.4, RI.10, RF.4a, W.5, W.7, W.8, L6

ISTE NETS•S: 1a, 1d, 2d, 3d, 4a-c



Lesson Plan

Sending Email

CCSS Grade 1: RL.1, RL.4, RI.1, RI.4, RI.10, RF.4a, W.5, W.7, W.8, L.6





Internet safety with Annie and Moby
BrainPop video

YouTube Video Internet Safety

KidRex Safe Search  

Safe Search for Kids Safe Search

Family Tip Sheet Talking Safely Online



Game: ABC order

Game: Alphabetize 

Family Tip Sheet Smart Searching 




Video:  Brain Pop Jr.: Needs and Wants

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Follow the digital trail
CSM video (need to download to use)

Lesson in action: follow the digital trail
CSM video for educators (need to download)




Email BrainPop Jr.

Arthur and Writing Emails
Computer Based Activity


Adapting Digital Citizenship to Elementary ESL Students

CSM video for educators