Lesson Plan

Introduction to Web Research

Skillful searches are essential for 21st century learning and information literacy. With abundant information so easily accessible, it is important to teach and reinforce good searching
Janine K.
Classroom teacher
New York, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to:

  •  identify the basic parts of the internet including the web, browsers, webpages, websites, web addresses, and search engines.
  • understand how these parts of the internet are connected.
  • choose a topic and create keywords and search terms appropriately
English Language Arts
Grades 3 – 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Begin with an engaging question to grab students interest.  For example:

What if your parents would allow you to have any pet you wanted?  But with one condition, you have to be able to describe to them everything you would need to be able to take care of that pet.  How would you find this information out?

Click the link or download the video to show to the whole class to get them thinking about web search.  Prior to this lesson, or immediately following this lesson, an internet safety lesson should be taught.

Student Instructions

Click the link to view this video on your own to review web search tools and tricks.

2 Direct Instruction

Introduce and discuss each related topic.  It may be fun to brainstorm ideas about each topic with a partner.  Assigning partners to turn and talk to during discussion would help the students to build on the knowledge they have already gained.

Student Instructions

Be prepared to read each slide and talk about each topic with a peer and your teacher.

3 Guided Practice

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Model how to choose an interesting topic.  Provide examples of topics using students' interests.  Introduce & model using PebbleGo to conduct basic research about a topic.  

Circulate and elicit Q&A from students while they explore their topic online.

Student Instructions

Students choose a topic and begin to explore on PebbleGo to start to develop fluency with researching online.  Post one piece of information you learned about your topic on Padlet.  Respond to one classmate with a question or a complimentary comment.

4 Independent Practice

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Google Drive
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Teacher will facilitate a digital publishing activity to include student choice.    Provide individual rubrics for the students to follow along while they collect information and publish their research.

Student Instructions

Students will choose a digital publishing tool to prepare a presentation of the information that they collect on their topic.  For example, MS Word, MS Powerpoint, Google Slides, Google Docs, Glogster, Prezi, etc.

5 Wrap Up

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Create an exit ticket on Socrative to show level of student understanding based on what you taught.

Student Instructions

Complete a Socrative exit ticket and highlight your rubric grade.  Peer assess and collaborate about your progress.  What did you do well?  What can you do better next time?