Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Evaluating Websites- fourth grade

The fourth grade students are in the middle of a big research project.  They are going to be allowed to use websites to fill finish finding facts but first they must learn how to evaluate websites.

The first thing I did was go over the ABC's of Website Evaluation. I cannot recall where I orginally saw this but I would like to give credit where credit is due:

Students and I evaluating a website together so they can learn some of the new vocabulary such as "bias" and "coverage".

Then I let them go on their own assigning each group one of the following websites below. Take a look, they are great:

1.  http://www.peepresearch.org/surgery.html
 
2. http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html
 
3.  http://www.weathergraphics.com/tim/fisher/
 
4.  http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
 
5.  http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/bread.html
 
6.  http://www.buydehydratedwater.com/ 

Students present their findings to the class in the end.

Update
I have since found a few more haox sites 
- http://www.improb.com/airchives/classical/cat/cat.html- (to advanced for my 4th graders I think)
http://zapatopi.net/afdb/ -(love it! because it has links, a how to, and more)
http://www.brookview.karoo.net/Stick_Insects/Care/care.html- (this too has pictures and links. Great!)
- http://www.thedogisland.com/photos.html- (You just want to believe it is true as a dog lover) 
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And All About Explorers is full of lessons on how to evaluate sites, compare websites to book, and much more. Be sure to check out the teachers' page first.  http://allaboutexplorers.com/
 

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