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Using Web-Based Bookmarks to Conduct Internet Research

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Grades 2 – 3
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 30- to 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Nancy Drew

Tecumseh, Ontario


International Literacy Association



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Internet research can be an overwhelming endeavor for primary students! Using Web-based bookmarks to guide students to appropriate sites can make their research more productive and focused, while still providing them with valuable learning experiences in media literacy. In this lesson, students first listen and respond to a read-aloud of The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown, and then use the structure of her writing to write poems describing important things about themselves. Students then do research on a content area topic (in this case, butterflies) by visiting websites accessed through iKeepBookmarks.com, a free site that teachers can use to create collections of bookmarks. Students use the facts gathered in their research to compose an original poem on the topic, again following the structure of The Important Book.

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Forbes, L.S. (2004). Using Web-based bookmarks in K8 settings: Linking the Internet to instruction. The Reading Teacher, 58(2), 148153.

  • There are multiple types of literacy, including Internet content literacy, which require students to be efficient at decoding, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing text they read on the Web.

  • Web-based bookmarking, the process of creating a list of favorites or bookmarks and storing them on the Web, allows teachers to effectively link the Internet to instruction.

  • Web-based bookmarking allows students to quickly and easily access Internet content from a variety of genres, sources, and content areas, while also increasing time on task.

  • Because the teacher previews all links before exposing them to students, safety on the Internet is improved.

  • Web-based bookmarking allows access to virtual learning for all students no matter what developmental level or learning needs.

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