Lesson Plan

Creating a Search Query

This lessons is about how a search engine works and how to write queries to get the best results.
Kim R.
Specialist Sr., Entrepreneurship Education
Arizona State University, E+I
Scottsdale, AZ
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to...
Understand how a search engine works.

Describe what is an is not included in the index.

Describe what makes a good search query.

Identify and remove terms that interfere with the search query.

Understand how changing words used or adding a key term can improve results.

Create queries that return the best results.
 

Subjects
English Language Arts
discussion
text analysis
Science
Social Studies
Grades 9 - 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Since this is all about using effective searches, Google is the perfect place to start. You can use this app or just simply use the Google website. The following dialogue is an example of the recommended way to kick of this lesson.

SAY: Have you ever entered a search in Google and the things that came up where NOT what you were looking for?  (Allow students to respond, maybe share school appropriate examples)

SAY: Maybe you are doing a report on great bands of the first Brisitsh invasion, so you want to find that who band that your great-great-great grandparents loved. But what happens when you type who into your search engine? (type who into Google)

Say: Not what you expected! Why does this happen? How can you change your searches to get the information you want? That is what we are about to learn.

 

At this point, I usually go into the PowerPoint and go over the objectives.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9xATul8r5GUbF9ZVVo1YThEdU0/edit?usp=sharing

This links to the Power Point that goes along with this lesson. You can play directly from the link, but if you download the PPT, you will be able to see the notes for each slide.

3 Guided Practice

The guided practice is actually part of the direct instruction, as it is built into the PowerPoint. Students should be following along practicing creating queries on Google, if at all possible.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

 Creating Queries

Using the question provided, create a search query with ONLY the key terms, change words and phrases as needed, and add other words as there is a need. You can change words or add words, but TAKE OUT all the unnecessary words. Under the Why? explain why you did what you did (worth 2 points).

DO NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION ASKED. This question is ONLY to help you set up your query.

Sample:

Question: I heard there is an abandoned city in San Francisco Bay. What is it called?

Query: ghost town San Francisco Bay

Why? Ghost town is a better word and the rest of the words were not needed.

Your turn!

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  1. Question:  How do I make muffins with blueberries in them?

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  1. Question:  When was the song Moonlight Serenade written and by who?

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  1. Question:  I need a recipe that MUST include chicken, sour cream, and tortillas, but NOT olives because I am allergic to them.

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  1. Question: Was there a president before George Washington and who was he?

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  1. Question: What does the eighth amendment of the constitution say?

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  1. Question: What protects me from the cops breaking into my house and searching it any time they want?

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Why?      

  1. Question:  Who was FA Hayek and why is he important?

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  1. Question: What is the scientific method and why is it important?

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  1. Question: Who was the protagonist in A Tale of Two Cities ?

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  1. Question: How do you solve a problem using the pythagorean theorem?

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  1. Question: What is the order of operations and how does it affect math?

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  1. Question: What is music piracy and what are the penalties?

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5 Wrap-Up

There is a Kahoot! already written to go along with this. Created by user Miss_Kim, it is called How does a search engine work?

 

You must have a Kahoot! account to access it, but they are free. Once the game is accessed, you project it to the front, click on play, and have students join the game on tablets or smartphones using the free app or by going to kahoot.it . Students enter the game pin and a nickname. Students can play in teams (if you have a limited number of devices) or as an individual.