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Lesson Plans

Be a Science Fact-Checker

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students build skills that let them separate good science from misinformation. Students learn to spot the signs of misleading news and look for clues that indicate information is based on fact. This is especially important for teens who are inundated with stories on social media about important topics such as their health.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Student article
  • Student work sheet
  • Vocabulary list
  • Critical thinking questions
  • Writing prompts

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Learning to look for clues for fact-based information
  • Learning the signs of misleading news
  • Science literacy
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for article, worksheet, and vocabulary list

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • National Science Education Standards
  • National Council for the Social Studies


  • English