Anne Aliverti, Washington OSPI OER Project, LeAnn Miller, Amy Young, Kristi Leland, Nuzhat Mustafa, Alicia Nygard, Barbara Soots
Educational Technology
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Lower Primary, Upper Primary
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Library Lessons
  • Online safety
  • Scope & Sequence
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  • online-safety
  • scope-sequence
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  • wa-edtech
  • wa-social-studies
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    Education Standards

    Digital Citizenship K-5th Grade Scope & Sequence

    Digital Citizenship K-5th Grade Scope & Sequence


    This sequenced collection, curated by Seattle Public School educators, contains openly-licensed Digital Citizenship resources for K-5 educators.  


    online learnAs elementary teachers of library and technology, we recognize our students’ need to learn and apply positive digital citizenship. Especially now, more interactive online, we found ourselves wishing for a one-stop shop for a Digital Citizenship scope and sequence.

    We did not recreate the wheel: we researched and aggregated what we deemed the best lessons for Digital Citizenship, aligned them with current Washington State and ISTE standards, and sequenced them. In some instances, educators may choose from a few lessons on a single topic. Following our progression, students will be introduced to and revisit Digital Citizenship concepts via different contexts. In sum, elementary students, starting in kindergarten and ending in fifth grade, will explore and practice different aspects of digital citizenship in age-appropriate activities.

    Understanding that Best Practices underscore an interdisciplinary approach, we designed this lesson collection to enable collaboration among a school’s educators; we would neither expect nor recommend a single educator to teach these in isolation.

    K-5 Digital Citizenship Key Concepts and Scope and Sequence

    Digital Citizenship Key Concepts K-5

    WA State Tech StandardKey ConceptsKindergarten - 5th Grade
    2aDigital FootprintWhat you express online can be permanent
    2aDigital Well-Being &BalanceBalance with digital with non-digital activitie
    2bOnlne Safety/SmartsNavigate safely and smartly online
    2bOnline InteractionsPractice kindness for self and community
    2cRespecting Intellectual PropertyRecognize and respect the creations/contributions of others
    2dPrivacyPersonal versus private information

    Washington Educational Technology K–12 Learning Standards


    Digital Citizenship K-5 Scope and Sequence 

    This chart shows content covered by the curated lessons for each of the concept areas. Note the progression of standards across the grade levels.



    1st Grade

    2nd Grade

    3rd Grade

    4th Grade

    5th Grade

    Digital Footprint

    What are digital footprints?

    Safety, responsibility, and respect online

    Our digital trail

    Online reputation

    Share information responsibly

    Data collection

    How posts affect reputation

    Positive footprints

    Digital Well-Being & Balance

    Media balance basics

    Managing choices in Digital Age

    How technology makes you feel

    Device free moments

    Balance digital life

    Informed media choices

    Personalized media plans

    Online Safety Smarts

    Practice safety on virtual fieldtrip

    Spotting advertising online

    Five online safety basics

    “Just Right” websites and apps

    Safe searching online

    Online reliability

    Positive digital citizenship

    Fact-checking the internet

    Seek help

    Bravery online


    Report abuse

    Online Interactions


    Responsibility and respect

    Differentiate between positive and negative comments

    Positive words

    Tone online

    Navigate online bullying

    Say it nicely

    Recognize gender bias online

    Respecting Intellectual Property

    Take and give credit

    Explore fairness and credit

    Why and how to credit

    Credit those who inspire us

    Copyright and Fair Use

    Altering digital content

    Copyright and responsibility

    Respect ownership

    Identify copyright

    Fair Use concepts

    Citing sources


    Online “strangers”

    Three basic privacy and security rules

    Personal info basics

    Connect online safely

    Handle requests for personal info

    What to keep private

    Identify, analyze, and synthesize basic internet safety

    Private information


    Password security

    Personal vs private

    Privacy solutions

    Avoid clickbait

    Customize privacy settings


    Digital Citizenship K-5 Curated Lessons

    To view all lessons, download our editable Microsoft Word doc or PDF.

    lesson grid

    Where provided by our sources, we include the following learning standards.

    standards crosswalk

    Attribution and License



    Anne Aliverti, Teacher Librarian, Seattle Public Schools
    Kristi Leland, Teacher Librarian, Seattle Public Schools
    LeAnn Miller, Teacher Librarian, Seattle Public Schools
    Nuzhat Mustafa, Technology Teacher, Seattle Public Schools
    Alicia Nygard, Teacher Librarian, Seattle Public Schools
    Amy Young, Teacher Librarian, Seattle Public Schools

    The Washington Educational Technology K–12 Learning Standards by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International License.

    The Washington Social Studies Learning Standards by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

    Digital Citizenship logo by Kim Love | CC BY


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