written by: Noreen Gunnell
• edited by: Wendy Finn
• updated: 1/5/2012
Children will probably be doing the majority of their research online during their academic career. This is a great lesson plan for fourth to sixth graders to develop their online skills.
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The world is becoming increasingly more technological, and reading online is simply here to stay. The “printed word" is becoming a misnomer as our reading material comes in many forms, most of which do not involve ink or paper. Hyperlinks move us between authors and sources in a flash, giving us control over how much of a particular piece we read.
Some reading experts believe this has lead to a decline in reading comprehension skills while others propose it has created a new type of reading that requires a new set of skills. (Literacy Debate - Online, R U Really Reading? - Series - NYTimes.com) No matter what your position, reading on the Internet is here to stay and needs to be incorporated into school curricula.
The lesson plan below is intended for fourth to sixth graders. It is geared towards teaching kids about using the Internet and should improve online reading skills while expanding your students’ vocabulary. Students will need access to the internet.
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Teaching Kids About Using the Internet: Online Reading
Key Facts, Concepts and Vocabulary Words: dime novel, Web site, link, biography.
1. To improve reading and Internet skills. (The Library of Congress Web Site)
2. To learn how to locate specific data on a page.
3. Improve and expand vocabulary.
Begin by handing out copies of the directions and explaining the lesson.
Today we will be reading stories on the Web. They will contain some new vocabulary words. Also, the directions to your assignment contain terms that you might not know. Let's begin by going over these new words and terms.
1. Does anyone know what a dime novel is? (Novel set in the West, usually with heroes and villains. Cost 10 cents.)
2. What does bison mean? (Bison means buffalo.)
3. Can anyone define the phrase Web Site? (An Internet "page" set up by a person or organization, government office, etc.)
4. What's a link on a Web Site? (Click-able text or picture (icon) that takes you somewhere else on the site or to another site.)