Can Too Much Screen Time Harm You?

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, teens learn how screen time may impact their physical and emotional well-being. An article and worksheet get them to think critically about the short- and long-term health effects, and how they can reduce their screen time.

Lesson Plan Highlights:

This lesson includes:

  • Reading suggestions
  • Student activity sheets
  • Student article
  • Teacher's prompts

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills:

  • Analyzing and interpreting information, data, and/or evidence
  • English language arts
  • Health and life skills
  • Understanding health effects and risks

Time / Duration:

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts 


  • English

Academic Standards:

    Common Core State Standards

    • RI.1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
    • RST.9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments with that gained from reading a text on the same topic

    National Council for the Social Studies

    • 8. Science, technology, and society

    Next Generation Science Standards

    • Analyzing and interpreting data
    • Information processing
    • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
    • Patterns

Teacher’s Guide and Student Worksheet

Student Article