The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom.
An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information.
This includes the ability to assess its level of accuracy, reliability, and bias.
Your curriculum can be a great springboard for introducing students to multiple perspectives and new ways of thinking about content.
In my experience, older students appreciate the structure and clear expectations of thinking prompts that move beyond the typical checklist and ask for evidence that supports their thinking.
They should notice that evaluating relevance and accuracy involves considering the quality of the content itself in relation to what’s important to their purpose and whether the author’s claims are supported with evidence-based factual reasoning.
Judgments about perspective and reliability require an examination of details about the author (from multiple people’s viewpoints) and his or her agenda in relation to a specific affiliation.
Students will analyze research on the Internet and explore how they can determine what is not true and what is factual online.
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
Prepare 1/2 sheet of 4-5 questions about the tree octopus.
Preview the recommended Brain POP movies for this lesson to determine which is most appropriate for your students' levels and your goals.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...).