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U.S. State Web Search

Charlene Stapleton


This integrated lesson combines classroom curriculum with Internet use of online reference resources, so let's start surfing.


The student uses electronic technology, including word-processing software and electronic encyclopedias, to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.


-Computers with Internet access (one computer for every 2 students)
-Access to two online reference resources suitable for your grade level (See Preparations)
-One copy per student of the U.S. State Web Search activity sheet (See Associated File)
-Pencils, one for each student


1. Check each computer for Internet access and the online reference resources. (In this lesson we will be using The New Book of Knowledge and Grolier Multimedia Encyclopledia available online in our district at ><.) Each county may have different resources available. *Change information on the bottom of the chart in the associated file to connect this lesson to your county's available Internet resources.
2. Make one copy of the U.S. State Web Search activity sheet for each student. (See Associated File)
3. Have pencils handy.
4. Place a United States map in an easily accessible area of the room.
5. Place teacher-made tabs with state names on U.S. map.
NOTE: Presentation projector may be used for demonstration if available.


(Students should have prior knowledge of accessing the Internet resources available in your district and adding the site to "Favorites.")

Note: This lesson addresses that part of the standard that requires students to retrive and verify information from electonic encyclopedias only.

1. Begin lesson by asking small groups of students to come to the United States map and pull a tab from one of the states. Explain that we are going to gather information from the Internet to complete an activity chart.

2. Distribute a copy of the U.S. State Web Search activity sheet (See Associated File) to each student. Explain how the students should complete the activity sheet. Be sure to tell them how to copy and paste the Website's URL and emphasize that you will check for this information.

3. Teacher sits at a computer station and gathers students around.

4. Model how to access the Internet, search each reference resource and add the site to your "Favorites." (For example, access the New Book of Knowledge, demonstrate the procedure for searching a topic, and add the site to "Favorites.")

5. Discuss expectations, such as complete sentences, correct grammar usage and documentation of source when recording information on the chart.

6. Divide the class into pairs.

7. Assign each pair a computer and direct them to begin the lesson.

8. Circulate to assist students, as needed.

9. Collect students' activity sheets.


In this formative assessment, the teacher observes the completed activity sheet for evidence that each student was able to gather information from Internet resources. Students, who hand in a blank sheet or one with only minor entries that do not reflect Internet research, will be given additional instruction and the opportunity to complete the assignment as homework.

Note: Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.


1. This could be used as a collaborative lesson with classroom teachers. The Computer Technology Specialist assesses the chart for his/her standard then presents it to the Social Studies teacher to assess content.
2. Students compare and contrast their charts with partners.

Attached Files

This file contains the U.S. State Web Search activity sheet.     File Extension: pdf

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