- What are some primary-friendly “scam scenarios” that you could use in the classroom for encouraging students to critically think about messages they receive? Create your own “fake scam” to share with the community so they can try and spot the tell-tale signs!
I would begin the lesson with a primary friendly ‘scam scenario’ of an improvised newspaper article requesting people to send $20 to their address, for the individual’s bills to be cut in half. The article will include spelling mistakes, exclamation points, a 24-hour urgency to send and the offer being unbelievable. I would further use questioning prompts to cause students to critically think about the authenticity of this newspaper advertisement, like:
- Does anyone see anything wrong with this ad?
- Has anyone ever heard of the statement, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”?
- What do you believe this statement means?
- What is a scam?
I would further explain to the student’s aspects of scam advertisement in which they themselves must look out for not only in person but online.
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