Lesson Plan

What is the Internet?

Introduction to the Internet lesson for Kindergarten students
Jessica Z.
Media specialist/librarian
East Elementary School
Pendleton, IN
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to...explain what the internet is (a way to communicate and share information), illustrate ways their family uses the internet, and give examples of enjoyable activities that do not involve technology.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades K
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Project "What is the Internet?" video.

Student Instructions

Students will quietly watch the video.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Teacher will write the following sentence starter on the white board: The internet is _____."  Give instructions for students to turn and talk to a neighbor about how they would finish the sentence.  After allowing students time to converse, teacher will guide discussion about what the internet is from the video information. 

Student Instructions

Students will converse together to summarize what they learned from the video, then actively participate in the class discussion. 

3 Guided Practice

Teacher will ask students to think of ways they or their family members use the internet.  Using Apple Classroom, direct students to the ShowMe app.  Instruct students to draw pictures of how they or their family members use the internet.  Circulate around classroom giving clarification/answering questions.  Once students have had a chance to finish their pictures, lead a class discussion about ways they or their family members use the internet.  Explain to students that the internet is a great way to communicate and share information.  

Student Instructions

Students will draw a picture via the ShowMe app of ways they or their family members use the internet and participate in class discussion.  

4 Independent practice

Activity: Conversing

Using examples students gave (video conferencing, email, social media, etc.) to discuss how the internet is a great way to communicate with other people who aren't in the same room.  Ask students if they think there are strangers on the internet.  Explain that there are ways they could be talking to strangers (games, chat, social media, etc.) and that they need to follow the same rules as when they encounter a stranger in real life.  Ask students to turn and talk about rules they have when encountering a stranger.  Lead a class discussion about how some of those rules are the same on the internet (you never give your real name, address, or other personal information unless there is a trusted adult guiding you).  

Student Instructions

Students will participate in discussion with partner and whole class.  

5 Wrap-up

Read aloud "Ollie Outside: Screen-Free Fun" by Michael Oberschneider.  Lead a discussion about having a healthy balance between spending time using technology and participating in other enjoyable activities.  

Student Instructions

Students will quietly listen to read aloud and participate in class discussion.  

6 Extension

Activity: Drawing

Instruct students to draw either on paper or using the ShowMe app activities they enjoy that involve technology and those that do not.  Share and continue conversation.  

Student Instructions

Draw pictures as instructed and participate in class discussion.