Lesson Plan

Keeping on TRACK

Students will learn to evaluate websites using TRACK
Julie W.
Media specialist/librarian
Willard School
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • Evaluate websites using the acronym TRACK which stands for Task, Reason, Authority, Credit, and Kid Friendly
English Language Arts
Grades 4 – 5
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Student Notes

1 Hook - Evaluating Credibility Video

Show the YouTube video "Evaluating Credibility on the Web" and lead a discussion with students about what they saw and remembered.

Student Instructions

Watch the YouTube video "Evaluating Credibility on the Web" and participate in a discussion about what they saw.

2 Guided Practice - TRACK some sites

Using a NearPod and the TRACK evaluation form the teacher will walk the students through 2  sources of information about endangered animals.  The teacher will help students get to the appropriate web sources and guide them through the TRACK acronym for each. 

Student Instructions

Students will use their laptops and join the NearPod session.  They will go through the 2 sources, use the TRACK acronym to evaluate the sources, and answer the questions on the NearPod.

3 Direct Instruction - TRACK evaluation form

Activity: Investigating

The teacher will go over the TRACK evaluation form (note: this form was created by Ms. Marie Sclafani, a teacher at my school and is used with her permission) and explain how to use it when evaluating websites.


Task -The content meets the reader's needs

Reason - What is the purpose of the source?  Is it to entertain, persuade, explain,or inform?

Authority - Who created the source?

Current -  How current is the source?

Kid- Freindly - Is the source appropriate for my age level?

Student Instructions

Students will follow along as the TRACK evaluation  form is explained and participate in discussion.

4 Independent Practice: The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

Free, Paid

For the last source - the website about The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus - the teacher will instruct the students to try and use the TRACK evaluation tool on their own.  She will give some guidance and navigate through the NearPod but will ask students to limit discussion.

Student Instructions

Students will use the TRACK evaluation form and the NearPod to analyze the website about the Pacific NorthWest Tree Octopus.

5 Wrap-Up

Free, Paid

The teacher will launch a Kahoot that reviews the parts of the TRACK evaluation tool as well as the results of the 3 searches.

Student Instructions

Students will play the Kahoot game on their laptops.