Here’s a great way to help students learn about “fake news” on the internet and cross checking facts. Check it out~
First, go to https://www.allaboutexplorers.com/webquest/teacher/ for the teacher instructions and lesson plan. It was developed by the Centennial School District to teach Internet literacy skills to 5th grade students (although 4th grade and middle school students would find it helpful too!). Students are asked to research explorers as they prepare to give a recommendation for a new state holiday. It’s designed to be a long project, but it could definitely be adapted for a shorter project or even a one-period lesson. Students are asked to find information on this site (which looks so “real”!) and then compare it to other (reliable) provided sites.
Students will start at the homepage: www.allaboutexplorers.com