Created by Amanda Buschmann
                       LS 591
               Summer I 2010
Directions
 Click through this tutorial to learn how to best utilize
  the “Animals Around the World” Internet scavenger
...
Table of Contents
 Description

 Subject(s)/Grade/Duration/Materials

 Objectives & Goals

 Procedures

 Assessment

...
Description
   It is imperative that students comfortably navigate the Internet
    and that also they are able to succes...
Subjects/Grade/Duration/Materials
   Grade Level: Elementary School (3-5)
   Subject(s):
    Social Studies, English La...
Objectives and Goals
Goals:
 Students will successfully navigate the Internet via URLs.
 Students will read and acquire ...
Procedures
 Introduce students to the unit by discussing and even
  demonstrating how difficult it is to search on the In...
Procedures continued
 The students will be doing an Internet scavenger hunt to find
  information about animal habitats a...
Procedures continued
 Then, move on to the next phase of the Internet “scavenger,”
  which is proper searching of website...
Assessment
 Formal assessment consists of the “Animals Around
  the World” worksheet completion. Informal
  assessment is...
The End. (2010). [Web]. Retrieved from http://70s-child.blogspot.com/
Hot Tip #1
 Collaborate!
 Get together with the grade-level teacher to see which
  TEKS need to be addressed in order to...
Hot Tip #2
 For instance, Google “monkeys” and evaluate the
  websites that come up together. Which are actually
  about ...
Hot Tip #3
 Do the first one or two animals with the
  students, especially those in the younger grades.
 Want to extend...
Hot Tip #4
 This activity is an extension of an extension, if you
  will, but so helpful, so please do it if you have the...
Hot Tip #5
 Link-apalooza!
 To integrate technology into your curriculum, try these
    excellent websites:
   Lesson P...
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Buschmann 591 Lesson Plan

  1. 1. Created by Amanda Buschmann LS 591 Summer I 2010
  2. 2. Directions  Click through this tutorial to learn how to best utilize the “Animals Around the World” Internet scavenger hunt lesson plan  Links to the Internet will be underlined and highlighted in purple; click on them for a direct window to the Internet  Special hints and tips will also be interspersed throughout this tutorial. Click the “HOT TIP!” button to access them. I hope you enjoy it!
  3. 3. Table of Contents  Description  Subject(s)/Grade/Duration/Materials  Objectives & Goals  Procedures  Assessment  Web Sites
  4. 4. Description  It is imperative that students comfortably navigate the Internet and that also they are able to successfully identify relevant and pertinent websites for research purposes. The Animals Around the World: An Internet Scavenger Hunt & Search Exercise lesson plan enables students to perform an Internet scavenger hunt that requires them to key in various URLs to city zoos. Once on the websites, they will read and acquire knowledge about the habitats of various animals; after writing in this information on a log sheet, they will continue with the hunt. Bonus activities are included. To extend this activity, the teacher-librarian and the students will perform Google searches of assigned animals together to distinguish between “relevant” and “irrelevant” websites for future research purposes.  [Click any button to continue]
  5. 5. Subjects/Grade/Duration/Materials  Grade Level: Elementary School (3-5)  Subject(s):  Social Studies, English Language Arts/Reading  Duration: One 55-minute class period; can be extended to two or three 55-minute class periods if bonus and extended activities are implemented.  Materials:  Computers with Internet access  “Animals Around the World” worksheet, courtesy of Education World ® plus “Practice Searching for Animals with Quiz” worksheet  “URLs and Searching” worksheet  [Click any button to continue]
  6. 6. Objectives and Goals Goals:  Students will successfully navigate the Internet via URLs.  Students will read and acquire knowledge about various animal habitats.  Students will learn how to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant websites. Objectives:  Students will learn how to properly key in a URL and how to troubleshoot improperly functioning URLs.  Students will learn the parts of a URL.  Students will distinguish between important information for research purposes and information which can be discarded.  Students will apply knowledge of an animal’s habitat to a pictorial form of a map.  Students will identify which website will give them information about an animal versus which websites about irrelevant, using proper search terms and techniques.  [Click any button to continue]
  7. 7. Procedures  Introduce students to the unit by discussing and even demonstrating how difficult it is to search on the Internet. Inform them that we will be embarking on a thorough research unit in the near future, but for now, we will be learning the tools we need in order to be successful. They will learn how to find websites about animals and read through to pick out important information.  Tell them the parts of a URL: http://, and the variant forms of the address. What can be trusted? What type of address usually means the website is run by a person/individual as opposed to a corporation or the government? Keep the discussion brief and simple; children at this age learn best by example, which will come soon.  TIP: Always work with and alongside the students when you can!  [Click any button to continue]
  8. 8. Procedures continued  The students will be doing an Internet scavenger hunt to find information about animal habitats around the world. They will be keying in various URLs and then reading the websites to find the habitats. Pass out the “Animals Around the World” worksheet and go over the instructions with them. I find this activity works best when the students are working in partners, but use your own discretion.  If time permits, allow the children to complete the bonus activity with the map. It also helps to have maps already printed out for them, and this activity reinforces geography lessons as well.  [Click any button to continue]
  9. 9. Procedures continued  Then, move on to the next phase of the Internet “scavenger,” which is proper searching of websites. Tell them they will each be receiving their own animal to research. These animals can be assigned by you or by their teacher. Once they receive their animal, then you can proceed with the searching portion. Go over the “URLs and searching” worksheet with them, being sure to emphasize the difference between the relevant websites and the irrelevant websites. It may also help to do a few more examples.  Once they get the hang of it, have them do a search for their animal and show you the results and which one(s) they would think would be relevant. If it helps, have them write down the URL(s). This is a great way to check to ensure they know what a URL is.  [Click any button to continue]
  10. 10. Assessment  Formal assessment consists of the “Animals Around the World” worksheet completion. Informal assessment is ongoing and consists of ensuring students understand the proper usage of the URLs and reading comprehension. Further assessment includes the “Practice Searching” Quiz.  [Click any button to continue]
  11. 11. The End. (2010). [Web]. Retrieved from http://70s-child.blogspot.com/
  12. 12. Hot Tip #1  Collaborate!  Get together with the grade-level teacher to see which TEKS need to be addressed in order to tweak this lesson even further.  Ask teachers/friends/co-workers to bring in pictures from some of the countries from this activity to share with the students to make this activity even more authentic.
  13. 13. Hot Tip #2  For instance, Google “monkeys” and evaluate the websites that come up together. Which are actually about the animal monkeys? Which would be appropriate for elementary-age students?  If you have time, also try misspelling a search word to show them what happens and how to troubleshoot misspelled search terms.
  14. 14. Hot Tip #3  Do the first one or two animals with the students, especially those in the younger grades.  Want to extend this lesson even further? Create Wordles and Glogs about what you learn! Use Google Maps, as well.
  15. 15. Hot Tip #4  This activity is an extension of an extension, if you will, but so helpful, so please do it if you have the time!  Even better: have them also search for a photograph/picture of their animal. There are many create free public domain picture sites out there; this one is my favorite: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/
  16. 16. Hot Tip #5  Link-apalooza!  To integrate technology into your curriculum, try these excellent websites:  Lesson Plans for Elementary & High School  Teaching With the Web (K-12)  Technology in the Classroom (K-6)  Examples of Student Technology Projects  Create a Web Guide (super easy and really, really neat!)

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