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This is an internet search engine and media center scavenger hunt

Subjects:

Computers & Internet, Language Arts  

Grade:

9  

Title – Research Mini-lesson: Internet Scavenger Hunt
By – Ryan Scully
Primary Subject – Computers / Internet
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 9

Summary:

    This mini-lesson is a basic introduction to a student research project. It is designed to familiarize students with various Internet search engines, as well as the media center catalog. Students will learn to refine their searches by using effective keywords to find accurate information. Exploring the topics in the scavenger hunt will increase students’ awareness of the wide range of information available on the Internet.

Objectives:

  • Students will apply research skills to gather information from the Internet

Standards:

  • E2-RS2.4 Demonstrate the ability to gather and evaluate information for its relevance to his or her research questions.
  • E2-RS3.1 Demonstrate the ability to synthesize information from a variety of sources, including those accessed through the use of technology.

Materials:

  • Laptop with projector or computer with Smart Board
  • Scavenger Hunt worksheets (below)

Procedures:

  • Set up a laptop and projector (if Smart Board is not available) and connect to the Internet.
  • Introduce lesson with a class discussion of conducting Internet searches. Ask students, “If you wanted to find information about (example topic), where would you look? Which words would you use in your search?”
  • Have students volunteer to conduct “example” searches for the class. Discuss the search terms students might use to search for information and how they can affect the search results.
  • Ask students to explain what they know about using Internet search engines. Discuss the various features and search options of major search engines (see scavenger hunt form)
  • Ask students if they are familiar with the media center electronic catalog. Have students give examples of resources available in the catalog.
  • Visit the media center home page and show students where they can find various resources. Briefly discuss the features and advantages of each.
  • Explain that students will complete an Internet scavenger hunt, where they must use search engines and the media center catalog to find specific pieces of information.
  • Distribute the Internet Scavenger Hunt worksheet and go over the instructions for the assignment
  • Take students to media center or computer lab and instruct them to log on to the computers.
  • Monitor and assist students as the complete the scavenger hunt.
  • Once students complete the scavenger hunt, return to the classroom for discussion.
  • Have students share their answers to the discussion questions in small groups or as a class.
  • Review the lesson and collect scavenger hunt worksheets.

Assessment:

  • Scavenger hunt worksheets will be collected and graded for accuracy as a daily grade.

Modifications:

  • Teachers may provide web site URLs to guide students who are unfamiliar with Internet searching, or if time for assignment is limited.

 


Name ________________________________________
Class ___________ Date _________________________

Internet Research Scavenger Hunt

Use the Internet to complete each task below. List the search terms you used to find your answers, and provide the URL of each web site you used.

Task 1: Find out what the high and low temperatures will be tomorrow.
Search Terms:
URL:  
Response:
Task 2: Define triskaidekaphobia.
Search Terms:
URL:  
Response:
Task 3: How many lines are in a limerick?
Search Terms:
URL:  
Response:
Task 4: Where can you find career information in the media center catalog?
Search Terms:
URL:  
Response:
Task 5: Who was the last NASCAR driver to win the Winston Cup?
Search Terms:
URL:  
Response:
Task 6: Name a famous author from our state.
Search Terms:
URL:  
Response:
Task 7: Find 2 books on dream interpretation in the media center catalog.
Search Terms:
URL:  
Book Titles:
Task 8: Find 3 funny laws in our state.
Search Terms:
URL:  
Laws:
Task 9: In the media center catalog, find the call number for Jesse Owens, Olympic Hero.
Search Terms:
URL:  
Call Number:  
Task 10: Find 2 events at the BI-LO Center in Greenville, South Carolina this month.
Search Terms:
URL:  
Events:

Task 11: Who wrote the poem “Jabberwocky”?
Search Terms:
URL:  
Response:  
Task 12: What is the high school graduation rate in our state?
Search Terms:
URL:  
Response:  

Answer the following discussion questions:

      1. Which search engine did you use the most? Why?
      2. How did you determine effective keywords for your searches?
      3. What were some difficulties you had in finding information?
      4. Name 4 resources available to you in the media center catalog.
      5. Which resource in the media center catalog do you think will be most helpful to you? Why?

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