Grades 3-5

The lessons listed below are categorized by topic. Some lessons are stand-alone activities while others can occur as small units.


These lesson plans focus on the devices/components (hardware) and programs (software) that are commonly used in order that students can perform basic troubleshooting as well as understand why patches and updates should be installed.

Using Software in Everyday Life
Dissecting a Computer
How Does a Computer Work - Processing Information
Networking - How Data Moves
Painting with a Sphero!
These lesson plans teach networking basics so that students can understand what happens to data as it moves across the network and therefore, can be safer digital citizens.

What is a Network?
A Basic Introduction to Networking
An Introduction to Networking
Networking - An Unplugged Activity for Beginners
Networking - How Data Moves
These lessons focus on the CIA triad (Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability), the first principles, and other key aspects of cybersecurity including cryptography.

Understanding Cybersecurity Terms
Basic Cyber Attacks
Secret Messages
Cryptography Online
Cryptography during the American Revolution
Understanding Blockchain
Early Cryptography - The Caesar and Substitution Ciphers
These lessons cover the differences between ethics and laws as well as general guidelines to computing ethics. Other lessons include discussions on ethics not developed yet; such as in the case of the IoT.

Doing What is Right
Often cited as the number one threat to users, social engineering is the ability to coheres someone into giving up confidential information. These lessons make students aware of common social engineering tactics including phishing.

Phishing for Some Information
Understanding Social Engineering
These lessons attempt to introduce students to the potential careers in cybersecurity and other technology fields.

Career Interest Project - What I Want to be When I Grow Up
Researching Local Career Options
Supplemental Resources from the NSA