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 creative 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 BACKGROUND

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

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a commercial for an ISP server company selling its services by 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. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the internet.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Why is the internet sometimes called an “information superhighway?”
  • What might be happening with the internet when a website is taking a long time to load?  

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Internet Challenge.

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Dive more deeply into computer programming with BrainPOP’s collection of Computer Science and Coding topics, games, and teacher resources. 

 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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