Online Sources - 4th Grade
- Today I will evaluate websites
- Using academic vocabulary (credible, valid, validity, online source, accurate, unbiased, evaluate)
- So that I can choose online sources that are trustworthy
- I'll know I've got it when I can identify credible sources.
Discuss with a partner:
- Is everything on the internet true?
- How do you know?
How is the validity of information determined?
- valid - having a sound basis in logic or fact
- validity - the quality of being logical and factually sound
- credible - able to be trusted and believed
- accurate - correct in all details
- unbiased - neutral; showing no favor of one thing, person, or group over another
- online source - where you found the information on the internet
- evaluate - to judge or determine the significance, worth, or quality of
- domain name - an easy to remember/spell website address that represents an invisible, technical IP address.
- domain extension - the suffix at the end of a web address like .com or .net. For example, in the domain name www.learn2yoga.com, com is the extension.
How to Evaluate the Content of a Website
Domain extensions in website addresses can also give you information about a website. Which domain extensions do you think are always trustworthy? Which domain extension are more likely to be trustworthy?
- .org represents the word "organization"; it is intended to be used by non-profit groups, but anyone can use it
- .gov represents the word "government" ; it is used only by United States government agencies
- .edu represents the word "education"; it is used only by college universities
- .net represents the word "network"; it is intended to be used by internet service providers, but anyone can use it
- .com represents the word "commercial" and is intended to be used by businesses, but anyone can use it
Task 1: Below is a website about Dog Island. Work with your group to visit each page of the website and decide if you can trust it. One person in your group will need to make a copy of the Google Doc "Evaluate Dog Island Website" found in the Research folder located in the 4th Grade Activities Folder. Then share your file with your group members. Work together to record and explain your group's decision.
Task 2: Below are three websites about explorers. Work with your group to visit each link and decide if you can trust it. Make a copy of the Google Doc "Evaluate Explorer Websites" found in the Research folder located in the 4th Grade Activities Folder. Record and explain your group's decision.
- Look for the site's author.
- Look for information that might be opinion instead of fact.
- Look to see when the site was last updated.
- Look for links to other sites that have the same information.
- Does the site info make sense?
- Look for spelling and grammar mistakes.