Role Models

In this activity, students will read statements and decide whether they are good, bad, or not important when considering if a person is a good role model.

Growing up, my role model was the Pink Ranger from Power Rangers. She fought the bad guys, could do back handsprings, and dated the angsty Green Ranger. What more could I have asked for??

I knew nothing about the girl who played the Pink Ranger, though. Now with social media like Instagram and Twitter, we’re more connected to celebrities than ever, whether it’s actresses, famous writers, or politicians. And apparently kids don’t even really watch TV anymore? They just watch YouTubers who make a living off their vlogs and personal branding.

With the advent of this connectedness to the real people behind the characters they play, we’re more likely to know that they are, as the kids are saying nowadays, “problematic faves.” That is to say, our favorite celebrities may not be the best role models, as we saw most recently with the YouTube star Logan Paul’s scandal.

Kids need to know the types of actions and statements that indicate a good role model vs. a bad role model.

In this printable, students will be programing Model Bots. They’ll read statements and decide whether they indicate a good or bad role model, or if the statement is not important to consider.

Download the activity here.

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