SOS: Fakebook

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.


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According to a 2010 study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average 8-18 year old spends 7.5 hours interacting with media each day. If we want to engage students, we must meet them where they are and leverage tools they value. Although many teachers and students are using sites such as Facebook in the classroom, the reality is many districts block this type of resource. This strategy uses the format of Facebook as a tool to help students create fake Facebook pages, allowing them to synthesize connections characters and events have to each other.



  • Explain to students that they will be posting, commenting, and adding friends on a “Fakebook” page for James Madison.
  • To create James Madison’s Fakebook page, use the following images and information
  • Using construction paper, markers and glue, create the Fakebook page which includes an “About” section, “Pictures” section, and a timeline with 2-3 status updates.
  • Provide students with sticky notes. Each color sticky note gives the students something to add to James Madison’s Fakebook page
    • Blue: Write a status update on James Madison’s behalf.
    • Yellow: Add a friend request from someone James Madison would have been friends with during his lifetime
    • Green: Add a photo of James Madison with a caption that explains what is going on in the picture
    • Pink: Post a question or a comment to James Madison’s wall


  • Select a topic that matches your curriculum
  • Search Discovery Education for images and information
  • Using construction paper, markers and the DE resources, create a Fakebook page
  • Give students sticky notes. Have them add images, status updates, and friend requests to the Fakebook page


  • Have students create their own Fakebook page for a historical person, event or concept
  • Consider using Fakebook templates such as these 
  • Have students post their fake Fakebook profile on the wall in your classroom.
  • Students can post questions, comments, friend requests, and images on their peer’s Facebook walls by using sticky notes.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

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