Cheating - 2

Foundational

Teachers

Goal: Presented with a variety of social situations, the student will identify cheating behavior and use a rehearsed phrase that shows honesty, in 8 out of 10 observable opportunities as measured by a teacher assessment tool.

Objectives:
1. Define cheating in your own words.
2. Identify how cheating hurts you and others.
3. Develop a list of phrases to use when presented with the temptation or request to cheat.

Definitions of Key Terms: Cheating means that you are not following rules because you want to get ahead or get credit for not doing the work yourself. Cheating is hurtful to others as it makes you untrustworthy and dishonest to peers, classmates, and adults.

Questions:

  • Have you ever cheated before? If so, why?
  • Has anyone ever cheated you?
  • How do you feel about cheating?
  • How can you prevent cheating?
  • Why is it important not to cheat?

Discuss with students what cheating means. Review the discussion point questions.


Possible activities to review the discussion points or use your own:

Think. Pair. Share: The teacher will pose questions related to the discussion points. Explain to students that the purpose of the activity is to think about the question and activate prior knowledge. The teacher will model the procedure to facilitate student understanding.

  • T (Think): Teacher begins by asking a specific question using the discussion topics.
  • P (Pair): Each student should be paired with another student, small group or work with a teacher. Pairs write brief answers on sticky notes or scrap paper.
  • S (Share): Students share their thinking with their partner. Teacher then leads a whole-group conversation using students’ answers.

SEL Categories Activity:

  • Ask students to create a list of words associated with the topic (give them 2-5 minutes to complete).
  • Once time is up, ask each student to share a word or thought from their list.
  • Other students must cross that word or thought off their list.
  • Continue the process until all words or thoughts have been listed.

Directions for In-Person or Virtual Learning: You have three options for students to complete this lesson.

  • Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
  • Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
  • Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.

Activity 1: Circumstances

Cheating is always a poor choice to make. There is never a good time to cheat! Create a few situations to present to the class in which cheating is described. As you read the situation to the class, ask them to think of whether it describes cheating or not. Discuss their answers to each.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or interactive board

Ask students to brainstorm the situations when you might be asked to cheat or take part in cheating. Record their ideas on the board or chart paper. If students are comfortable, they may also share their experiences of cheating.

Activity 2: Situations

Review the key points from the discussion questions and Activity 1 with the students. Ask students to think of how they would define cheating if someone from another country asked them what it was. Record some of their definitions on chart paper or the board.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Ask students to complete Student Activity Sheet A. Discuss their answers as a group, when all have finished.

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Write about a time you experienced someone cheating or asked you to cheat. How did it make you feel and how did you handle it?

Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

Review the key points from Activities 1 and 2 with the students. Ask students to think of how they could respond if they are ever in that situation or a similar situation again in the future. Record answers on the board or chart paper.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • Chart paper or interactive board

Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet B. Discuss their answers as a group when all students have finished.

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Study the comic strips below. Check or circle the comic that does NOT show the characters cheating.

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension and Grammar Review

Explain that a script is a form of written dialogue between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts from the immersive reader. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on Student Activity Sheet C.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • Student Activity Sheet D - 1 per student
  • Red and purple colored pencil or pen

After completing the listening comprehension portion of this activity, provide students a copy of Student Activity Sheet D. Point out to students the features of script text that indicate which character is talking. Remind students that this is a dialogue between characters.

Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet D.

Display the script using the immersive reader and highlight the nouns in the script. Students should self-check their work to determine if they correctly named two nouns. Repeat the process for verbs.

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Example script of demonstrating how to handle cheating appropriately:
Ken: I beat you in the board game!
Darren: Ken, I’m not sure if you realized, but you just took my turn. That is cheating and that is why you think you won.
Ken: Oh, I’m sorry, let's do it again. It’s your turn now.
Darren: Thank you for understanding and playing fairly.

Example script of demonstrating how to handle cheating inappropriately:
Ken: I beat you in the board game!
Darren: You cheated! I’m not playing with you anymore!
Ken: No I didn’t, you are just jealous that you did not win.
Darren: No way, you did not play correctly.
Ken: I don’t care what you say, I won!

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below is a book that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • I Repeat, Don't Cheat!, Margery Cuyler

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Think about the script read/played for the class and complete the questions below.

1. Who are the characters in this script?

2. What are Ken and Darren doing?

3. How did Ken respond when Darren kindly pointed out that he had cheated?

4. How do you think Darren felt when Ken cheated?

4. How do you feel when someone you are playing a game with cheats?

Student Activity Sheet D

Directions: In the scripts, circle in purple two nouns in purple that name a person and one noun that names a place. Circle in red two verbs.

Remember:

A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea.

A verb names describe an action, a state, or an occurrence.

Example script of demonstrating how to handle cheating appropriately:
Ken: I beat you in the board game!
Darren: Ken I’m not sure if you realized but you just took my turn. You just cheated and that is why you think you won.
Ken: Oh, I’m sorry, let's do it again. It’s your turn now.
Darren: Thank you for understanding and playing fairly.

Example script of demonstrating how to handle cheating inappropriately:
Ken: I beat you in the board game!
Darren: You cheated! I’m not playing with you anymore!
Ken: No I didn’t, you are just jealous that you did not win.
Darren: No way, you did not play correctly.
Ken: I don’t care what you say, I won!

Application Activity

Review and discuss example scripts from the lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts using eye contact appropriately (looking at the conversation partner) and inappropriately (by not looking at the conversation partner). Use the script sheet to create students' scripts.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. Remind students to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Ideas for modifying this activity based on your students’ needs:

  • create a script as a class
  • pair or group students so that skill levels are varied and assign each a role or task that uses their skill
  • create the script by recording the dialogue with a phone or other recording device

Topic Checkout

Review the key points from the previous activities with students. Allow students to complete the Student Topic Checkout.

Review their answers when all students have finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • A pencil for each student

Student Topic Checkout

Directions: Answer the following questions:

  1. Would you want to play a game or sport with someone that always cheats during the game? Please explain why.
  2. What happens to an activity if someone cheats?
  3. Does cheating help you make and keep good friendships? Why or why not?