Lesson Plan

Searching through the Wonderful World of the Internet

Students will learn to use effective keywords when searching.
Cara B.
RCS MIddle School
Ravena, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness

Classroom: Students will be able to perform a multi-word Internet search to be able to find information on the Internet to answer personal and school questions.

Life Skill: To know how search engines work; to know what tools to use when; and to use tool effectively to find information.


English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 5 – 8
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1 Direct Instruction

Introduce students to objective of lesson; relate why it is an important skill; how will be used in personal life; and life skill.  

Start the Pear Deck session.  Use the link in Google Classroom to have students sign into Pear Deck.

If the teach does not use Pear Deck - can use the Google Docs "Keys to Search City" and it can just be presented to the class and the questions can be asked and discussed as a class.

This is the discussion that goes with each slide in the Pear Deck Presentation.

Slide 1/2 - Brief intro about internet searching and importance

Slide 3 -  “Think about when you have to do an Internet search and get your results; what happens when you look at your list of results?  Do you always find what you are looking for right away?  Why or why not?” - Have them be honest and not give you the answer that they think you want to hear but the truth.  Looking for usually use 1 word searches - a ton of results - not always right results.  Show answers to class and discuss some of them.

Slide 4 - Bring the questions to students attention before they watch the video

Slide 5 - Watch the video - remind students that sometimes the ads look like regular results and to be careful

Slide 6 - Quick review in graphics form of video (step 4 not so applicable), review

Slide 7/8 - with the large amount of webpages indexed important to use more than 1 keyword for searching

Slide 9 - Have students actually conduct searches on any topic - using multiple (3-4) words.  Have them then re-search multiple times using synonyms - capitalize - punctuate - different order - notice changes

Slide 10 - Have students illustrate the results of the different searches they conducted with details

Slide 11 - Go over chart - mention that number 3 is now slightly outdated since some names resemble regular words (Pitbull, Ludacris - exc)

Slide 12 - Discuss how can find right words to search with

Slide 13/14 - go over information on slides

Slide 15 - “When you are given an assignment in class what are some ways you can find the correct keywords for a search?” Get them to realize they can use the actual assignment or what the teacher tells them to figure out words to use or synonyms. (do not show answers).

Student Instructions

Students can use Pear Deck to view the presentation interactivity with the teacher or  discuss each slide with the teacher.

2 Guided and Independent Practice

Model the first question in section one of the form - the Buffalo Keyword Challenge***.

Have students complete section one of Google form (or as much of it as they can)- based on Optimal Queries - Results to Keyword Challenge Form.  Students may work in pairs of 2.  

Model section 2 of the form.

Have students complete section 2 of the the google form -(action zone queries section) Results to Keyword Challenge Form.  

Make sure students go to the end of section 2 and hit submit before they leave the form at the end of class or their answers will not be recorded.

The activity can be spread over 2 days, students should be working in same pairs of 2 as the day before.

***The searches came from the 21st Century Information Fluency Page located at: http://21cif.com/rkit/newRkit/queries.html

Student Instructions

Students will work in pairs to complete the form, and perform specific searches of the Internet.

3 Wrap-up

Activity: Assessing

Have the students reflect on the activity and discuss what they found to be easy, or hard, enjoyable or un-enjoyable and helpful or unhelpful.


Student Instructions

Students will reflect on the activity and discuss as a class.