Teaching About Plagiarism

IMG_7035This week we’ve been talking about plagiarism in 3rd and 5th grade (4th will come soon). As we move to more digital content and research, it becomes easier and easier to just grab a photo or a paragraph off the internet and reuse it. But do you have permission to use it? And did you give credit to the original creator? These are both questions we’ve been exploring.

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Whose Is It, Anyway? by Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is a great resource for digital tools. We use some of their lessons and handouts, such as “Whose Is It Anyway?” (pictured) where students explore scenarios where children borrow someone else’s work. Common Sense Media has great information and ideas for educators and parents. And their resources are all free!

Photos For Class is a resource we share with students to help them find images. All of the photos you find there have been tagged by their creator as okay to use, and when you download them the author and copyright information is attached directly to the image so you don’t have to keep track of it.

As more information is shared and easily accessible online, it is important to remember that just because we can see something online it does not mean that we can take it.

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