Common Sense Education Newsletter — March 2022

Newsletter — March 2022

Featured Lesson Plan

Teach Digital Citizenship with Dilemmas and Thinking Routines — Use digital dilemmas and thinking routines to empower students in their digital lives.

Ratings and Reviews

Tynker Junior — Variety and creativity come together to get early learners coding.

Lexia Core5 Reading — Blended reading program offers individualized growth.

Articles For Teachers

Free Learning Resources for Black History Month (And Beyond) — Help learners celebrate Black history with these videos, lessons, podcasts, and more.

Resources for Teachers

Spark Creativity, Exploration, and Play: Structured Activity Time for Students — “Play brings out creativity, facilitates the exploration of interests, and engages students in activities of their choice without academic pressures. “NavTime” is a structured activity time that provides students with the ability to play, have fun in a mentored space, and explore their individual interests while building relationships.

In this edWebinar, you will learn how your school can create this opportunity for students (and teachers) to bring joy into their day.”

Offline and Off-Screen Activities for Minds-On Learning — Take learning offline with activities that engage kids in a variety of ways.


Showing a Movie in Class? Help Your Students Develop Active Viewing Skills — Have students write their own movie review with this fun lesson plan and worksheet.

Top Picks Lists

Learning Games That Put Play First — There’s perhaps no more powerful force for learning than play. The games on this list — most of which weren’t designed for schools — offer these kinds of playful, informal learning experiences that kids and teens find irresistible. 

Best Coding Tools for Middle School — We’ve hand-picked these tools so that students at every level of knowledge and achievement will find something useful, from more visual, building block-style coding tools great for beginners to advanced courses and tutorials that get students learning and using real languages to make apps, websites, and games.

Ready to play Digital Passport™?

The award-winning suite of six interactive games addresses key issues kids face in today’s digital world. Each engaging game teaches critical digital citizenship skills that help students learn to use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

Parent & Caregiver Corner

Celebrate and honor Black culture, stories, and achievements with your family — These entertainment picks feature Black characters, moving stories, compelling themes, and positive representation. They highlight a diverse spectrum of Black history and experiences. Families with kids of all ages can find something to enjoy together and learn from.

Parenting in a Digital AgeHelping parents navigate the digital world.

Common Sense Selection for GamesNew Common Sense Selections for Games! The Common Sense seal program recognizes outstanding media with an official seal for quality and impact. Common Sense Selections include age-appropriate movies, TV series and specials, and games that have the potential to spark family conversations, entertain families of all kinds, and have a positive, lasting effect on society.