This may not sound like the most exciting topic for a post, but I can assure you that it is a critical one. If your students complete ANY research online at all, then you will be interested in how I collaborated with our librarian to teach my students to identify reliable resources and to properly credit them. After helping my 1st grade son create a poster for school last year that required online research, I know this information is applicable to grades 1–12. I have also included sources…
A recent headline stated “Students Believe Everything They Read Online, Warns Researcher”. Could this be true? Do today’s students have the ability to distinguish between the truth and an internet hoax? “I Found It on the Internet” is a two day lesson where students evaluate and rate five resources on the internet. The first four sites are hoaxes with increasing levels of nonsense while the fifth site’s sponsor has a 125 year record of excellence. Can your students spot the difference? ($)
With this worksheet, students are provided with a question that requires them to find the correct combination of keywords in a search engine to find the correct answer. Each lesson is designed to be increasingly difficult while remaining engaging for the students by asking unique and interesting questions.
Citing Sources, Citations, Research Skills, Plagiarism, Copyright, Bookmarks
This is an introductory lesson on citing sources meant for elementary students. It is a simplified version of the MLA style. How to Cite Sources includes a PowerPoint with an accompanying lesson plan, worksheets and posters of the PowerPoint that can be put on a bulletin board. The lesson covers copyright, plagiarism, citations and sources. The lesson shows how to cite from a book, ebook, print encyclopedias, online encyclopedias and CD-ROM encyclopedias. $ #Citation
The world wide web can be a rough place for young researchers. Search engines can uncover everything from adult-themed websites to news articles written above our students’ reading levels to sites full of inaccurate or biased information. Where do you turn to conduct a simple research project with elementary and middle school students especially? Here are five kid-friendly search engines for young researchers