Lesson Plan

Searching Strategies

Students learn effective searching strategies to find accurate information quickly.
Cameron M.
Technology coordinator
Hoover City Schools
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Students will be able to...

Understand how search engines work.

Use search strategies for more effective search.

Use query strategies to search for information on the web.

Refine search strategies to narrow information sources on the web.

Evaluate search results for accuracy.

English Language Arts
English-Language Learning
Grades 5 – 12
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Play the CommonCraft video to introduce students to basic searching strategies. 


Go over the 21st Century Information Fluency 5 things every child should understand about online searching.

Use the Believe it or Not Presentation to further help students understand searching and evaluating information.

You might consider creating an online quiz to check for understanding of the concepts.



3 Guided Practice

Give students the link to the Kermit Search challenge. Let them attempt it and then  go over as a class some of the strategies used by students who succeeded in the time allowed and students who did not. 

Student Instructions

Try the Kermit search challenge. Remember which search words you used, how you refined your search, and what you would do differently, if anything, next time.

If searching on a mobile device, use the Google Search Mobile App.

4 Independent Practice

Have students try the remaining challenges on the 21st Century Information Fluency age including Apollo 8, Lego Lady, Elephant Challenge and Spider Challenge. 


Student Instructions

Continue practicing your searching strategies using the two links provided by your teacher. What are the best strategies? 

5 Wrap -Up and Additional Practice

Consider using the "A Google a Day" website as a bell ringer each day to hone student searching skills. 

Also, offer students the link to the Micro Modules to learn more about effective searching.

Try the evaluating web site activity here as a class or use this handout for more searching practice. 

Student Instructions

Try a Google a Day to hone your searching skills or learn more about searching for and evaluating information by completing the micro modules at this link.