Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Internet, and supports the standard of recognizing that information can be communicated using different representations.  Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • What do you use the internet for? 
  • What do you think life was like before there was an internet? How do you think it has changed the world?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Read aloud the description on the Internet topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the following articles: “Language” or “Careers” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign the Internet Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about the internet while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a commercial for an ISP server company explaining how they provide customers with high-speed internet. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map sequencing the process that happens to your computer when you open a website. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a comic that follows a URL request as it moves from network to network before the website loads. 

More to Explore

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of networks and system design with these topics: Cloud Computing and Internet Search.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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