2nd Grade Internet Research: Teacher Prep


Today, we’ll do some web quests together based on topics your students will be researching.

Our goal is to save links to the best sites we find in “comments” beneath this “blog post” on this website. Next week we will have your students search for specific information within those sites.

Here is a sample research activity for a class session:

Nonfiction Unit Research Process:

  • List guiding questions (2nd grade: Where do Bengal Tigers live?)
  • Write out key words to search with (Bengal Tigers Habitat; or Bengal Tigers Home)
  • Select sites to search from pre-screened sites collected by teachers (either linked from the school website, or within the K-5 custom search engine; advanced exercise can have kids search within the websites below)

Today, teachers will gather approved websites using search engines such as:

Ideas to present during research lesson

  • What is the Internet?
  • Why do we use the Internet?
  • What is a web address?
  • What is a web site?
  • What is a search engine?
  • What are key words?
  • What is an ad, and what is the content?
  • Who is the author (will accept the title of the site)?

Future activities for teachers:

  • Set up a webquest at http://webquest.org
  • Join the K-5 custom search engine project and add your own sites
  • Collect and store strong websites on a shared PS130 Delicious.com account
  • Post sites you like to the school website

Also to discuss in today’s meeting:

Science research (April) Simple slideshow presentations: Google Presentations (Powerpoint online) OR Voicethread Presentations

Author: The Media Spot

The Media Spot collaborates with educators to integrate media literacy education into a variety of learning environments.

25 thoughts

    1. Way to go Ms. Toomey! Now we can have kids search those sites for specific facts and info.

      One tweak to the way you are adding these:

      The “Website” field under “Name” and “Email” is for you to put in your own website — a website that belongs to you (i.e. ps130brookyn.com). That website will not show up as a link, but will be linked to your name instead (i.e. if you click my name in this post it links to the website I added to the “Website” field — http://themediaspot.org).

      == Paste the websites that you want kids to see into the big message field with the rest of your message (the big yellow box). ==

      I copied and pasted the addresses you posted from the “Website” box into your comments. So they show above.

      Keep up the good work 🙂

  1. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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