List of links:
Use Hoaxy to check to see if stories are true or not.
Check out these 11 example hoax sites for use in your own classrooms:
- All About Explorers
- Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division
- California’s Velcro Crop Under Challenge
- Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
- Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
- Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie
- British Stick Insect Foundation
- The Jackalope Conspiracy
- Buy Dehydrated Water
- Republic of Molossia
- Dog Island
Pomengranate Phone site. Shows how good design and multimedia features can make us believe the unbelievable.
Adding information on Drop bears in Australia:
Be sure to have your students read the scholarly article:
Janssen, V. 2012. Indirect tracking of drop bears using GNSS
technology. Australian Geographer, 43 (4). pp. 445-452., linked to at
Here's one more hoax that I have http://allaboutexplorers.com/
Also I have a webmix on Symbaloo with all the hoax sites that have been
shared plus a few real sites mixed in. I am thinking about challenging my
students to find one hoax site and one real site. Or, maybe to label each
site as a hoax or real site. Not sure yet, but here is the mix. You are
welcome to use the mix. Please be aware I may update it at any time.
Martinlutherking.org and martinlutherking.com
Pine Tree Octopus
California Velcro Crop
Book Talks & Reviews
Gettysburg College - CRAAPP overview and links
Edudemic Lesson with Essential Questions
Pre-Assessment - Interactive
Post-Assessment - Interactive
Ask students to help set the criteria for the lesson by sharing the characteristics of Web resources that will be effective for this project. Encourage students to think about the following questions as they develop their list:
- What can we tell about a Web resource by looking at who wrote the page?
- What do connections to companies, schools, and other groups tell us about a Website?
- Does it matter if the site has advertisements? Are some ads more acceptable than others?
- What is the difference between a .com, a .edu, and a .net site? What about a .k12.il.us site or a .cc.tx.us site?
- How can you tell what the purpose of a site it? Does the purpose matter for our project?
- How do the intended readers of a site affect its effectiveness for our project? Does the audience matter?
- What about the technical issues of the site? What does it mean if you find broken links?
- How does the date of information on the site matter?
- Explain that you’ll evaluate several sites as a class in order to demonstrate how the process works, using the Website Evaluation Process Student Interactive, which asks students to imagine that each person in the class is researching a country that he or she is interested in (for instance, a country where a penpal lives, where their family came from, or where they plan to visit).
- Work through the three Websites included in the student interactive, answering the evaluation questions. Urge students to discuss their feelings about the sites as you work through the sites. The following three sites are included in the tool:
- The UNICEF Website: Information by Country
This site is produced by a well-known organization that is an authority in the area of children around the world. It is likely an excellent resource for the imagined project.
- Flags of All Countries
This site’s use of advertising and dated information is problematic. The site’s connection to a company that sells immigration software also raises questions about its usefulness. This site is probably not a good resource for the project.
- The Flat Stanley Project
This site includes awards and approvals from a variety of sources that indicate that it is probably a good resource; however the information may not fit well with the research project and the audience for the site is probably younger than middle school. Students might find the information useful for some parts of their project, but it’s not likely to be a major resource.
LESSON PLANS AND GAMES
44 Things That Are All Dewey (The Dewey Decimal System, that is) - posting from this blog
Alphabet Book Game- for younger kids; students practice ordering books on the shelf
The Dewey Decimal Classification System- by Jean Halsey; from Awesome Library
Lesson Plans @ Library Instruction.com
Ode to Librarians- use this video to introduce your students to the library