Tracking Media Use

Lesson Overview

Lesson plan in which students calculate the number of hours they spend each day using digital media, and input their data on bar graphs. This lesson applies the strategy of data modeling to a real-life situation that students can relate to. This lesson was created with teenagers in mind, but the lesson can be adapted for children who are not using tablets and phones as much (they can track watching TV for example).

Lesson Goals:

“Students will be able to …

  • assess how much time they spend with media activities.
  • record and compare the time they spend with different forms of digital media (cell phones, Internet, etc.) and in different activities (texting, posting, and watching or creating videos).
  • formulate a viewpoint on the role that digital media play in their lives.”

Lesson Plan Materials

Common Core State Standards this Lesson Supports

The original lesson was aimed at middle school students, and Common Sense Media suggests it targets CCSS.ELA.SL.6-8.2 (Interpret information in diverse media, including quantitatively) and CCSS.ELA.SL.6-8.5 (Use displays, including graphics, to present information). Adapted to younger grades, it could support:

  • CCSS.ELA.SL.5.2 Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • CCSS.ELA.SL.5.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
  • CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 Model with mathematics.

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

  • AASL 2.1.3 Use strategies to draw conclusions from information and apply knowledge to curricular areas, real-world situations, and further investigations.
  • AASL 2.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.