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Fake News!

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Activities in this lesson include evaluating an advert placed by the wolf and creating an advert for The Woodland News warning people not to trust the wolf.

There is a five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson which will develop classroom teachers’ skill set. This CPD consists of a research extract on self-regulation with a five-minute activity based on this extract.     


These evidence-based learning (EBL) lessons are based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to maximise thinking, learning and attainment. From an extensive review of educational research, we identified the eight key classroom thinking and learning skills that were common across these research papers. We named these eight key skills “EBL skills”.

EBL skills have been proven by research to maximise learning because they combine the most productive thinking skills with the most effective learning behaviours. Each of our evidence-based learning lessons uses the English curriculum as a framework through which the eight EBL skills are delivered.

Teachers also have the opportunity to add to their own skill set or refresh their existing skills with our five-minute CPD activity, based on one of the EBL skills used in this lesson.

The skills in bold below are the EBL skills developed in this Three Little Pigs lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for Fake News!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Develop Media Literacy With Fairytale Fraud “Fake News!” Three Little Pigs lesson resource

    Teachers seeking an imaginative resource that merges literacy education and critical thinking should check out the “Fake News!” Three Little Pigs plan. This brilliant lesson uses the classic story to teach media analysis and evaluation abilities.

    Students examine a newspaper advert supposedly written by the big bad wolf offering helpful services. Through collaborative discussions, they identify lies and manipulation tactics, boosting perspective taking and verbal reasoning aptitudes.

    Creating their own warning advert about the deceitful wolf further enhances literacy skills as well as understandings of how language is used to influence.

    Individual social media activities model real world application of these new abilities to critically assess online information sources. Students tweet warnings about the potentially predatory wolf, learning to separate fact from fiction.

    The teacher CPD provides valuable research insights into self-regulation as an instructional approach. A 5 minute reflective activity considers practical strategies to help students actively drive their own learning process.

    With its creative blend of English and vital 21st century skills, I give this resource 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Students will relish uncovering the wolf’s lies whilst expanding their cognitive toolkits. I highly recommend this lesson for developing analytical thinkers.

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Fake News! - KS2 English Evidence-Based Learning lesson
Fake News!