Lesson Plan

Digital Demo & Peer Review for an Online Research Project: Volcanoes

Modeling digital literacy in the classroom is crucial. Though in this day in age, most young children know how to use Youtube and other forms of social media, there are still many who still do not have access to digital devices or who are ESL learners.
Patricia L.
Uchon Elementary School
Seoul, South Korea
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning

Students will be able to use Google Slides to design their own Volcano cards by collecting, organizing and interpreting information. 

Students will be able to participate in gameification to encourage progress, participation, responsibility and positive behavior.  

They will learn how to find reliable sources and websites for information.

They will be able to provide and accept positive feedback in peer review sessions.

They will have the opportunity to present their work to the class.

Social Studies
English Language Learning
Grades 4 – 6
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1 What is Digital Citizenship?

Teach using a provided computer lab, their own personal devices or school provided tablets. 

Use gamification to award good behavior, effort, responsibility, achievement and creativity.


Consider the SAMR model when using technology to enhance and transform your lessons. 



Be sure to discuss how to be a responsible and respectful digital citizen.

Student Instructions

Watch these two videos:

What is digital citizenship?


A Super Digital Citizen!


What are some ways you practice being a super digital citizen?

2 Digital Literacy: Researching Volcanoes & Using Google Slides

Explain that the class will be making two slides about their choice of volcano.  They will be using Google slides, which is similar to PowerPoint.  Show a video to introduce what Google slides is and to familiarize the students so they don't feel overwhelmed.  

You are promoting digital literacy and classrooms are usually mixed levels when it comes to what each of the students are familiar with/ experienced with. 

Remember, ESL learners may be faster/more experienced digital citizens when working with a keyboard, websites and software in their native language.  This can feel frustrating when trying to complete these tasks in a second language.

It is so important to always provide step by step digital demos for the students no matter how simple a task may seem.  Providing examples of the expected work will provide clear expectations.

Show an example of how to complete their task.  Model how to use Google Slides, how to move between tabs, how to search for information about their volcano, how to choose the best site for information, and how to extract information.  Provide a short list of questions about their volcano to help guide them.  I provided an example print-out about my own volcano.  


Ask the students to use and record at least three sources.  Provide one or two, but have the students find one or two sources of their own.  Volcanodiscovery.com is a good resource to start with.

I also provided another website:  http://primaryfacts.com/1587/mount-st-helens-facts/.  

Student Instructions

You will be creating a volcano card!  

Your volcano cards will provide basic information and interesting facts about your chosen volcanoes.  

You will create your card by designing two slides, on Google Slides.

1. What kind of volcano is it?

2. What's the status of your volcano?

3. Where is your volcano located?

4. When did it last erupt?

5. What is it like for the local people to live next to your volcano?

6.  What are some interesting facts about your volcano?

7.  Provide three sources of information.

8.  Provide an image of your volcano.

3 Positive Feedback & Presentation

Have the students partner up for peer review. Explain what positive feedback means.  Show them the video about How to give good peer review.

Have the students look at each others slides for peer review.  Allow time for the students to make any changes or improvements to their slides.  Show how the students can share their work with friends for peer review comments.  

Teachers should provide each student with comments in conference and or using the share function on Google slides.  


Have each student present their printed volcano cards in class.  Encourage students to give positive reviews.  Award effort via gamification on Classcraft.com.

You can also use the "Quest" feature on Classcraft.com to monitor the students' progress, provide alternative work and to motivate them.

Student Instructions

You will be assigned a partner for peer review.  Provide positive feedback for one another after review your work so far on your volcano card slides.  

Kindly and respectfully let your friend know what they did well.  Tell them if there's more they could do.  Stay focused.  Be positive.  Say thank you.

Share your slides with your friend using the share function and comment with positive feedback on your friends project.

Check your slides for comments from your friends and from the teacher.  Make changes and improvements.

You will present your printed volcano card slides in class.  Please provide positive feedback to your peers who are presenting.