Elementary School Expectations
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade begin to develop an understanding of basic digital citizenship components including identity and self-image, security, and privacy, and safety. In the earlier grades, students begin learning about searching online, practicing safe online behaviors, and protecting private information. By third grade, students begin exploring digital communication and relationships. Students start learning about identity and self-image, as well as digital drama and cyberbullying during fourth grade. By the end of fifth grade, students are able to demonstrate grade-appropriate, mastery in online searching, safety, privacy and security, and digital citizenship. The grade level expectations in elementary school introduce and reinforce the basic components of the digital citizenship curriculum, while preparing students for more complete concepts covered in middle school and high school. While the scope and sequence provides specific lesson recommendations for digital citizenship, interdisciplinary instructional decisions should be considered to achieve grade level standards and expected outcomes.
By the end of elementary school, students are expected to achieve all of the grade level expectations related to each topic within the recommended digital citizenship curriculum. While the scope and sequence provide a progressive framework, individual schools should make implementation decisions around interdisciplinary instruction.
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