Grade 2

ABC Animal Find

Empowered Learner and Knowledge Constructor

Overview‚Äč

This Internet fact finding activity is as easy A-B-C!  Students will get an introduction to safe search engines, including MeL, (Michigan eLibrary), to find ways to do a basic online search safely for information by simply using the letters of the alphabet. 

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to search online by using the alphabet.
  • Be exposed to websites including Britannica school located in MeL Library.
  • Be exposed to tools to help them read the content.
  • Be able to apply the results of their alphabet search to create a picture dictionary. 

Vocabulary

  1. Search: To search is to look for information on the internet.

  2. Dictionary: A dictionary is a book giving the meaning and usually the pronunciation of words listed in alphabetical order.

  3. Results: Results are what are produced during your search based on your keywords.

Pre-planning

  • Watch the video How to Use MeL (start at 12:15)

  • To use MEL Kids, go to the Mel library, select KIDS, then select HOMEWORK HELPERS to get to the search engines. Get acquainted with MEL searches first before demonstrating. Encyclopedia Britannica School (Elementary)  will give students an alphabet at the bottom of the screen so that they can look by the letter.

  • Decide how you want students to access the site.

  • Decide how you want them to present information. See the assessments in the Assessment Options section. 

Accommodations

Steps

  1. Show students a dictionary.
  2. Explain to them that a dictionary is a book that gives information in ABC order.
  3. Tell the students that today they will use their ABC’s to find information about an ANIMAL.
  4. Demonstrate first:
  5. Go to MeL Kids
    • Click on HOMEWORK HELPERS.
    • Click on BRITANNICA SCHOOL  (Purple Rocketship).
    • (TIME PERMITTING): If you have time, take this opportunity to talk about why this is a site that FITS them- e.g., colorful, easy wording, pictures to go with words)
  6. Say to students “Today, you find an animal that has the same letter as your first letter in your name. So, my name begins with C, so I’m going to click on the ANIMAL KINGDOM Button and then click on C. So now this gives me the RESULTS PAGE. This is a page of all the animals that start with C."
  7. At this point demonstrate by clicking on an ANIMAL. Show them how they can listen to the words by pressing the play button. You can also show them how some animals have videos that they can watch.
  8. Give students time to explore the site.  
  9. Have students complete one of the assessments.

Assessment Options

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Exit ticket: Have students explore. Give students a topic. Have them find one-two facts on a given topic using sites given. Have them cite where their information came from.
  • Use this assessment from Common Sense Media. 

ISTE Standards

Empowered Learner 
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3c. Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Websites:
Common Sense Media Assessment

Exit Ticket

How To Use Mel.org video

Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

Michigan eLibrary Kids

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Science

  • Research science topics that are geared toward 2nd grade. 

Social Studies

  • Research a famous person using the Biography section/ ABC search.

CREDITS
This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Community Schools. May 2018.