Kids Copyright Laws


Suggested Time: 45 minutes


Maryland State Curriculum:

2.A.1.a Read, use, and identify the characteristics of nonfiction materials to gain information and content knowledge


Maryland Technology Literacy Standards for Students:

2.B.2.a   Demonstrate social and ethical behaviors when using technology (such as appropriate copying and pasting, legal downloading, intellectual property recognition, and obeying copyright laws) (SLM 7.5.A1)

2.B.2.c    Comply with copyright laws and fair use provisions

2.B.2.d   Practice strategies for avoiding plagiarism when using digital content (SLM 7.5.A1a)

2.B.3.a   Understand that the Internet offers access to multiple  digital communities with differing guidelines (SLM 7.5.A3a)

2.B.3.b  Explain safety and privacy issues related to use of the  internet (SLM 7.5.A2a)

2.B.3.c   Use safe and correct security procedures when working online (such as not disclosing personal information and protecting passwords)

5.A.1.c  Apply evaluation strategies when using electronic resources (such as publication/copyright date, fact vs. fiction, source, credibility, ease of use) (SLM 3.5.A6)


Behavioral Objective:

Students will be able to view a website on copyright laws and answer true or false questions as they read.



Resources Needed:

Computer lab or one computer per group/pair

One printed copy of the activity page per student (File: Worksheet.doc)

File ~ Copyright Laws For Kids.pps (PowerPoint Show)

Microsoft PowerPoint, Internet Access, pencil for each student


Links to Prior Knowledge:

How to use a mouse or touch pad

Ability to read basic informational text 



1.                  List the following question on the chalkboard:  Is it ok for you to download your favorite song off of the internet without paying for it?

2.                  Think-Pair-Share:  Students think about the question for 2 minutes.  Then they pair up with their neighbor to discuss their thoughts.  Students then share their answers out loud. 

3.                  Say:  It is not OK to download your favorite song without paying for it because if you do, then you would be violating a copyright law.  Today we will learn more about what a copyright law is.

4.                  Students should log onto the computer and access the student common directory and open Copyright Laws For Kids.pps

5.                  Pass out a copy of the activity page to each student.

6.                  Students use their mouse to read the questions and the answers associated with each character on the screen. 

7.                  Students answer the five True/False questions on the activity page as they view the questions and answers on the computer.

8.                  If students finish early, they may play the “Locate the State” game at the bottom of the page.

9.                  Students and teacher review the answers to the True/False Activity.

Answers:  1. False, 2. True, 3. True, 4. True, 5. False




Class discussion of understanding of copyright laws, review the True/False Activity with the class.



Students should continue to be aware of copyright laws when they are using the internet. 



Students may work independently or in pairs to complete the activity.


Extension:  Early finishers may play the “Locate the State” game.