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

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Online Sources, and supports the standard of discerning bias and reliability from sources on the Internet. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display the following two science websites: science.gov and DailyMail. Ask:

  • Which of these websites would you trust more? Why?
  • When researching on the Internet, how do you know if you are getting reliable information?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Online Sources topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the Related Reading articles. Pair 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 PSA warning of the signs of a biased website or one with  misinformation. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map with a list of strategies to use to determine the reliability of an unfamiliar site.
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme with a warning about unreliable websites.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

  • Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about online sources. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 
    • Why is it important to use reliable websites?  
    • What are some of the indicators that a site is unreliable? 
    • What are some of the indicators that a site is reliable?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with an Online Sources Quiz.

Step 5: EXTENDED LEARNING 

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

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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