Lesson Plan

Website Evaluation

Students will learn the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, & Why) of Website Evaluation in order to determine whether a website is reliable.
Carolyn D.
Media specialist/librarian
Whitesville Elementary School
Moncks Corner, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to choose (evaluate) a reliable website to use for research using Kathy Schrock's Five W's (Who, What, When, Where, and Why) of Website Evaluation.

English Language Arts
Grades 4 – 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter:

The teacher will hook the students by sharing a PowToon presentation found with YouTube created by FPSTechLady that covers Kathy Schrock's 5 W's of Website Evaluation on the SMARTboard.

Student Instructions

Students will watch the PowToon (YouTube) video and be prepared to discuss and ask questions afterward.

2 Direct Instruction:

A teacher-created Google Slides presentation of Kathy Schrock's 5 W's of Website Evaluation will then be used to review each for student discussion or questions.  

Student Instructions

Students will discuss and ask questions as needed.

3 Guided Instruction:

Students will be guided in using a Website Evaluation Checklist (Rubric) to choose from and evaluate 2 different webpages.  (One of the websites will be Bogus)  The teacher will model this process as the students work in partners to evaluate the websites.  

If the students have not discovered that the "Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus" website is Bogus, the teacher will give hints to lead to this discovery and discussion as a whole group.

Student Instructions

Students will work in partners and choose from 2 websites on the SMARTboard to evaluate.  

4 Independent Practice:

The teacher will have the students choose a website on their own and use the Five W's to decide whether it is a reliable website to use for research.  

Student Instructions

Students will choose their own website for research and evaluate the site using the Five W's Website Evaluation Checklist.

5 Wrap Up:

The teacher will wrap up the lesson by reviewing Kathy Schrock's Five W's of Website Evaluation whole class and extend learning by reviewing Fact Checking Websites such as Snopes.com.

The teacher will share a Kahoot reviewing the 5 W's of Website Evaluation for students to play and record the results as assessment. 

Student Instructions

Students will participate by recalling the information for the Five W's of Website Evaluation in class discussion.

Students will play the Website Evaluation game on their Chromebooks.