Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Internet Search, and supports the standard of understanding and using effective research strategies to locate information and other resources online. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Pose the following scenario: You are trying to find information about a topic for a research project for school. Ask students some or all of the following questions:

  • How do you start the research process?
  • Where can you look for information on the Internet?
  • How do you generate a good search?
  • What are some strategies you use to make sure you find the information you are looking for?


  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the five Related Reading articles. 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 or activities. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a tutorial video that teaches strategies for finding the most relevant and reliable sources when conducting online research.
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map that tracks the process of an online search starting from entering the search term  and ending at finding the best search results. Remember: Internet searches may take multiple iterations to get the results you are looking for.
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game where players sort queries as either good search terms or bad search terms to determine which terms or phrases would generate the most relevant search results.


  • Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Internet searches. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 
    • What are some strategies you can use to generate very specific search results?
    • How do you determine the right search engine to use when you are conducting Internet searches?


  • Continue to build understanding around digital citizenship with BrainPOP’s Digital Citizenship topics, games, and teacher resources. 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments