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Using a Search Engine to Research Material


Using a Search Engine to Research Material

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This is a lesson plan to teach elementary students how to use search engines for finding research material online. Teaching students to use child-friendly search engines is important to protect them from being exposed to undesireable material. Although this lesson is directed towards teaching second and third grade students in finding scientific information for a unit on Earth's Changes, it can easily be altered to accommodate any subject matter. This lesson plan uses a YouTube video instructing... More
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Technical Format: PDF
Date Added to MERLOT: May 14, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 15, 2013
Submitter: Dianne Stemen
Keywords: lesson plan, child-friendly search engines, elementary students, science


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Avatar for Stephanie Scofield
4 years ago

Stephanie Scofield (Teacher (K-12))

This lesson plan is a very thought out resource that will help students begin to learn about searching for information they want to find out about.  I loved the 'hook' part of the lesson and think that students will definitely be engaged and ready for what they will learn about easier methods to find information/pictures.  Also, using the video is another great way to capture students' attentions, especially those students who are stimulated more with visuals.

Technical Remarks:

Some teachers may have to modify the lesson in regards to what technology they use becuase they may not have the digital projector, laptops for the students, or the wireless printer.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Julie Sheridan
4 years ago

Julie Sheridan (Teacher (K-12))

The lesson introduces young students to navigating the Internet by using humor and student guided practice. This lesson would be very easy to implement and provide students with a life-long skill of searching and using the internet to find information. I think that students would enjoy not only using the laptops but searching out information and pictures for their science projects. After teacher and student led instruction students will be working at their own pace, on individual projects with the teacher available for additional support should they need it.

Technical Remarks:

This lesson is suitable for young students just learning about the Internet. They will have no problem completing the activities outlined in this lesson.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 min

Avatar for Duane B. Karlin
4 years ago

Duane B. Karlin (Teacher (K-12))

Locating and discerning information is a daunting task for any learner, but to do this with younger students is an even more monumental task.  This lesson provides a great basis for where to go and how to go about it when teaching students about two kid-friendly search engines.  I can totally envision a teacher walking in with an armful of books, magazines, encyclopedias, etc. in order to captivate the attention of the students.  What a great example!  This opening visual and then demonstration using the laptop with an overhead projector would appeal to all students and be accessible to students whether gifted or with cognitive issues.  Also, having them work in pairs is a great way to ensure that they are working and understanding the material.  Guiding students with audio and a visual presentation works on so many levels and involves all students.  Also, limiting their time to explore to five minutes will keep them on task and focused.

Technical Remarks:

I would have liked links to the YouTube video and Yahookids and Askkids websites.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes