Information Technology Education, Educational Technology
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Activity/Lab, Assessment, Game, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study
Upper Elementary
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Literacy
  • Website Evaluation
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    Website Evaluation

    Website Evaluation


    In this lesson upper elementary students will learn about website evaluation and ways to help identify credible information on the internet.  This lesson is to be taught in 3 or 4 thirty minute lessons


    In this lesson upper elementary students will learn ways to help identify credible information on the internet so students can be knowledgable and safe on the internt.  This lesson is to be taught in three or four, thirty minute lessons.  The assessment resource came from a composite of elementary computer specialty resources in the Alpine School District. These lessons will be face-to-face afterwards involving work on the computer. They can also be recorded using a platform such as Loom if the students need to be taught virtually.  


    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson, the teacher will need an understanding of what website evaluation is and why it is so important for students to be able to determine if a website is credible.  You will need knowledge about key concepts pertaining to websites such as relevancy, appropriateness, details, currency, authority, and bias.  

    The following Resources can help you learn about and teach this topic:  

    Common Sense Media Real or Fake Lesson

    RADCAB: Your Vehicle for Information Evaluation

    Interland - Reality River:  Don’t Fall for the Fake


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes


    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to identify and apply certain techniques to help them determine if an online media source is real or fake.

    • Students will know of consequences for not realizing sources may be fake, such as poor grades, being uninformed, or even that misinformed information can be dangerous.   

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will identify real and fake websites.

    • Students will take an end of the unit test to determine if they understand the following terms relevancy, appropriateness, detail, current, authority, & bias in relationship to evaluating websites.


    Essential Standards for ASD Elementary Technology

    Strand 2: Foundational Technology Skills

    Standard 4: Digital Research Strategies. Students will conduct research using digital tools and strategies.

    Objective 1: Students will evaluate and select information sources using digital tools based on the task.

    a. Choose relevant information sources.

    b. Evaluate the accuracy, perspective, validity, and relevance of online information, and make sure it is up-to-date.

    c. Evaluate fact versus opinion in search results.


    ISTE Strand 2

    (Digital Citizen) Students recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical (ISTE 2).

    Standard 1

    Demonstrate understanding of basic uses and processes of computing devices.

    B. Develop understanding and awareness of the benefits and dangers of using the Internet

    Standard 2

    Demonstrate knowledge of digital security and privacy.

    B. Identify various threats in the digital world and explain their corresponding solutions.

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    Prior to this lesson students will need to have an understanding of how to search on the internet, what a website is, and how to operate a computer browser and computer.  Students will also need to know the word definitions of Hoax and Credible.  

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    For those students who may be struggling, have them sit by classmates who are capable, helpful, and kind.  Also, offer some of the lessons in a video format so that the students have the option to play the video over again if they so choose.  Also, for the end of the unit test, have the test read outloud to them.  

    For students who speak another language, offer some of the sites in their language such as Interland in Spanish

    There will often be extra material for those students who finish early.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    These lessons are to be taught in four 20-30 minute increments.  All materials used are connected to links which are colored blue.  

    Day 1


    Ask if anyone has ever seen the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus? Let the students explore the site, then ask them what they learned.  

    Afterwards, explain that this website is a Hoax, or is fake.  We are going to learn about evaluating websites.  

    Play the Kahoot on Website Evaluation with the whole class and discuss the questions & answers with the students as the game is being played.  

    Day 2

    Teach RADCAB RADCAB: Your Vehicle for Information Evaluation.   

    RADCAB stands for relevancy, appropriateness, detail, currency, authority,  & bias.  

    Students will then play


    Reality River:  Don’t Fall for the Fake

    Day 3

    In Partners have the students go to the following websites and figure out which ones are real or credible, or fake.  

    Which is the Credible Website?  One Website is Credible and the other is not.  

    Early American Explorers:  Look Up Christopher Columbus

    All About Explorers: Look Up Christopher Columbus


    Which is the Credible Website?  One Website is Credible and the other is not.


    Dihydrogen Monoxide

    After some time, discuss and review the websites together as a class.  

    Day 4

    Students will take the Website Evaluation Test by Janice S. Smith

    Early Finishers can play and revisit the following: 

    Reality River:  Don’t Fall for the Fake

    Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus



    Step 4 - Assessments


    Day 1

    Pre-assessment and observation in giving a class Kahoot on Website Evaluation


    Day 2

    Questioning about what RADCAB stands for and what does it mean?


    Day 3

    Observation withThumbs up or Thumbs down on which sites are Credible followed by a question and discussion session with the students.


    Day 4

    Assessment using Website Evaluation Test