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

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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 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 the description on the Internet Search topic page.
  • 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: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about Internet searches 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: Produce a tutorial video that teaches strategies for finding the most relevant and reliable sources when conducting online research. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • 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. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • 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. (Essential Literacy Skill: Acquire and use domain-specific words and phrases)


Apply: Students take the Internet Search Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Internet Search Quiz.


Digital Citizenship Unit: Continue to build understanding around digital citizenship with more BrainPOP topics. 

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments