A great lesson to teach children about #FAKENEWS

Technophobia of teachers

Fake news has recently been a popular topic, and teachers need to deal with this important issue in schools.

How could you teach it?

Start by asking children to visit this fantastic (completely made-up) website about a ‘tree octopus’!

Teaching fake news

Give the children about 10 minutes to explore the website.  You could ask them to find specific information if you wish.


After, have a circle time in which you discuss the website. Ask:

  • What did you think of the website?
  • Was there anything strange?
  • Did you believe everything?
  • Why?

Next, tell the children it is completely made up!  Ask:

  • What made it seem real?
  • Should we believe everything online?
  • Why not?
  • Who can put things online?

How can we spot inaccurate information online?

A good way to teach children to spot inaccurate / fake information is to use the ‘Craap Test’.  Here’s a worksheet I found online (from www.juniata.edu):

Craap Test To Spot Fake Information Online


Have a go at teaching the lesson.  Let me know how it goes 🙂

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