Five lessons about online information search

Teacher manual

What the students will learn in these lessons

  1. That The Web for Classrooms (WfC) shows five reading levels
  2. That they can choose web pages available at their own reading level
  3. That it is important to check what kind of people or organizations are responsible for the content of a website
  4. That websites often have an about page
  5. That WfC, unlike Google, checks the about-pages for them
  6. And they will learn some great examples of readable and reliable websites for children.


Three notes

1. There are five lessons, all lessons take about 30-60 minutes, also depending on the amount of time a student wants to spend on some of the assignments. The lessons provide links to the Educational platform Nearpod, where we host some feedback questions. Please, make sure the students return to the lesson page on The Web for Classrooms when they’re done in Nearpod. The lessons will also often refer to The Web for Classrooms and some external informational websites, as examples. Please, give the students instructions to return to the lesson page on The Web for Classrooms after conducting the search task on The Web for Classrooms. 

2. Note that all examples we use in the lessons while searching (the so-called queries), can be replaced by topics of your own lessons. So, if we search for Polar Bears in lesson one, it is meant to get familiar with Web for Classrooms. Not exactly to learn all about Polar bears right now. So the questions (quizzes or polls) won’t require a deep dive into this topic. 

3. Students might not be used to make mind maps, as introduced in Lesson 2. Please, offer them help if needed.

Important terms

In the lessons, we use the following five terms that might need a bit of explanation. The terms are explained to the students in the introduction.

A browser is an application you use on your device to visit websites (including search). Examples are Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer.

A tab is a screen in your browser. You can have multiple screens open in your browser at the same time:

A topic is the subject you choose to search. Like a school subject or a part of it.

A keyword is a word you use in a search bar while searching for a certain topic. Often one uses multiple keywords in a query, let’s say: red fox facts

A query is the set of keywords while searching in a search engine.