Grade 3

Key To Searching

Knowledge Constructor
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Students learn how to choose effective KEYWORDS for searching online. Finding the right keyword/s to use when doing research is extremely important so that your search is relevant and you don't waste time during the research process.

This task card can be adapted for any content area or topic.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Understand how keywords can help them find information they need online.
  • Understand how keywords can be evaluated for helpfulness and relevance.  
  • Be able to practice with different search scenarios to identify relevant helpful keywords.


  1. Keyword: A keyword is a word you use to search for information about a topic.

  2. Relevance: Relevance is important to the matter at hand. It is useful and appropriate. 


  1. Pre-planning will include lessons that are taught in content areas.
  2. A Google spreadsheet can also be used as a tool for collecting keywords related to the topic and content area. At this grade level, it is recommended that the teacher creates the Google Spreadsheet and share with the students. 
  3. Here is  spreadsheet example that can be copied for your use with the students. 
  4. Watch the video called Solomon's Story: Online Searching
  5. Check out the complete Common Sense lesson on keywords. 
  6. Check out the Search Shark Game from Brain Pop. 
  7. If needed a brief video tutorial on how to use/share a Google Spreadsheet can be used. 
  8. The teacher will also need to decide what search engine or database the students will use when doing their searches. 
    2. Michigan eLibrary (choose a database that is kid friendly like Kids InfoBits or World Book kids. 



  1. The teacher introduces keywords and why using them is an effective way to locate information on the internet.
    • Discuss how keyword and exact phrase searching on the Internet works to eliminate unrelated results.
    • Ineffective examples of keyword searches will result in too much, too little or useless information. 
  2. The teacher can use any content area to practice keywords to use. The teacher will project several searches on the board to show how both effective and inneffective searches work. 
  3. The teacher will show the video from Common Sense media that also has a “search shark” activity that the teacher could use for practice.
  4. The teacher can use the BrainPop Search Shark Game in place of the Common Sense activity. 
  5. The teacher then assigns a search to the students. The Google Spreadsheet form is a great way to collect the information.

Assessment Options

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Google Spreadsheet - points assigned
  • ​Spotlight on sharing

ISTE Standards

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.



  • Research for reports. 


  • Research projects, experiments.

Social Studies

  • Research projects. 

This task card was created by Denise Gallemore, Marysville Public Schools. February 2018.