March 31, 2021

Recommended #WinAtSocial Curriculum lessons for April

The Social Institute remains steadfastly committed to helping educators run timely lessons to meet the needs of their students. While facilitators can run all of our evergreen #WinAtSocial Curriculum lessons at any point, we recognize that some are more relevant than others, depending on the time of year. 

We mapped every lesson in 4th-12th grade to a specific month on our Curriculum Calendar to provide more options for our partners. With that as our guide, here are TSI’s recommended lessons for every grade in April.

Remember, this is simply one suggestion. We want all of our partners to utilize whichever strategy works best for them. 

4th Grade: Analyzing how search results can sway us

Standard: Find Your Influencers

Did you know the average person searches for something online about four times per day? That’s over 1,000 times per month and nearly 1,500 times per year! Maybe your students are researching end-of-year projects. Or perhaps they’re just curious about events going on in the world, searching online for ways to stay busy this summer, or honing in on a new hobby. ‘Analyzing how search results can sway us’ teaches students about search engines and explores various strategies for producing more accurate and credible search results.

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5th Grade: Huddling with family to get advice and work through challenges

Standard: Find Your Influencers

How do you develop trust needed to work through challenges? What are the emotions you feel when engaging in difficult conversations? As we approach the end of a school year marked by heightened stress and uncertainty, this lesson explores positive strategies to help students build a foundation for working through challenges.

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6th Grade: Overcoming fear of missing out on texts, apps, and time with friends

Standard: Handle The Pressure

We all know what it feels like to want to be in two places at once. It’s a feeling that adds to the fear of missing out, a phenomenon often amplified by social media. With summer break approaching and school letting out in the coming months, the potential for FOMO will only increase. While that’s true every summer, it’s perhaps more urgent given the broad spectrum of family standards and comfort levels surrounding the uncertainty of a world still working its way through the pandemic. This lesson sparks discussion about the pressures of FOMO while providing solutions for students to overcome them.

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7th Grade: Respecting the privacy of others online and off

Standard: Protect Your Privacy Like You’re Famous

How would you feel if someone shared an embarrassing photo or video of you without asking for permission? How would your reaction change depending on if you could speak to them at school or out on summer break? ‘Respecting the privacy of others online and off’ poses three different social scenarios and encourages students to think about positive ways to navigate these tricky situations.

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8th Grade: Analyzing how online marketers influence us

Standard: Find Your Influencers

For many students, less time in school during the summer months means even more time online. The average person sees between 6,000 and 10,000 advertisements per day, while marketing experts report that as many as 1 in 4 posts in our Instagram feeds are ads. ‘Analyzing how online marketers influence us’ equips students with information to understand their online surroundings better and challenges students to think about how they are influenced by what they see in their social media feeds.

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9th Grade: Examining the pressure of social media defining who you are

Standard: Handle The Pressure

The Social Institute surveyed over 600 9th-grade students and found that 57% of them believe how people act and post on social media and how they talk and act in person equally impact shaping someone’s overall reputation. This lesson examines the social pressures caused by social media and challenges students to reflect on how online actions affect reputations.

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10th Grade: Upholding healthy digital boundaries in relationships and friendships

Standard: Cyberback

If you found yourself in a situation where a friend posted a photo of you that wasn’t flattering, how might you address it? What are some benefits to being upfront and telling your friend how you feel? As students start to reassimilate with social groups outside of school and ahead of summer break, this lesson encourages students to consider how to uphold healthy digital boundaries with their friends respectfully.

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11th Grade: Preparing for colleges and employers to search your name online

Standard: Play To Your Core

The summer between junior and senior year in high school presents many students with an opportunity to add to their resumes. Whether it’s volunteering, working a summer job, applying for an internship, shadowing a mentor, or simply pursuing a hobby, summer experiences often enhance stories. It’s also an excellent time for students to sharpen online profiles and proactively prepare for colleges and employers to search their names online. This lesson encourages students to think about how their online profiles reflect their experiences.

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12th Grade: Building inclusive communities in high school, college, and the workplace

Standard: Cyberback

Research shows tangible benefits of inclusion both in the workplace and on college campuses. As high school seniors prepare to enter the next phase of their lives, this lesson spotlights those benefits and explores strategies that students can use to enhance inclusivity in their daily lives.

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We hope these recommended lessons add value and help align the #WinAtSocial Curriculum to fit your students’ specific needs. We’re always here to help and honored to work with you to find creative ways to integrate these lessons into your curriculum. Please feel free to contact us.

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About The Social Institute

The Social Institute partners with schools nationwide to empower students, parents, and educators to navigate social-emotional health, social media, and technology positively through comprehensive, gamified lessons that meet students on their level as well. We have partnered with forward-thinking institutions across the nation, including Ravenscroft School, Gaston Day School, Bryn Mawr, Gilman School, Woodward Academy, U.S. Olympic athletes, Duke Men’s Basketball, ESPN, and others. For more information, contact us.