Lesson Plan

Online Tools for History Research

Students learn why evaluating websites is important for researching history. They also learn about what online tools they can use.
Valerie M.
Instructional Technology Assistant
Tioga Elementary School
Bensenville, United States
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to...

  • Identify online tools for history research
  • Describe why it is important for them to evaluate website
  • Know the importance of using the correct keywords
  • Explain the difference between
    • Search engine
    • databases
    • websites
  • Use Dualless while researching to take notes
English Language Arts
Grades 4
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Opening presentation

  • Use the presentation to foster discussion with the class
Student Instructions
  • the class should be an active audience, sharing their knowledge

2 My History Research Notes

  • Teachers should share the notes template with students
  • Teachers should show students how to use Dualless so that the notes template is one of side of the student's screen and the other side of the screen has the database/website that is being used to find information
Student Instructions
  • Students open the notes template
  • One side of the screen should have the notes template open while the other side of the screen has the database/website that is being used for research
  • Students take notes as they research their history topic