Being able to identify whether a website is credible or not is an important skill to possess. This lesson plan is designed to be used to guide a teacher through a lesson about credible vs. non-credible websites and sources. After teaching a class this lesson, the class should know the basics about credible websites and how to identify them. Creating this lesson plan allowed me to effectively use technology. I used Microsoft Word to compose the lesson plan, and I used the wikispace to post my lesson plan. Also, the lesson plan outlines the use of technology as well. The teacher would use a projector connected to a computer with Internet connection and a projection screen to aid in the lesson. The use of a projection screen is suited for this lesson plan because it is an easy way for the students to be able to see and visualize different examples of websites. The websites shown are both credible and non-credible. Technology facilitates the process of teaching the difference between credible and non-credible websites and sources. The technology enhances the curricular goals in two ways. First of all, Microsoft Word makes the creation of the lesson plan simple and straightforward. Technology used during the lesson enhances the curricular goals of the objective by effectively showing the class what to look for in a credible website, where that information is found, and how to determine if a website is credible. Being able to visually see different examples of websites will definitely aid the students’ learning about credible websites. This lesson plan is totally new to me. The activity described in the lesson plan was not adapted but created by me. I used the websites provided on the class wikispace for my examples of credible and non-credible websites. This project stretched my knowledge of the given technology. I have never created a new page on a wiki before. My multiple use of the hyperlink button has improved my skill of that function of wikispace. The lesson itself stretches my knowledge of how to use a projector and screen. Finally, I have never created a lesson plan before, so this was a different kind of project than I am used to.
Lesson Plan for Credible Sources
Objective: To effectively teach the class how to identify credible and non-credible websites and sources.
Materials: Projector connected to computer with Internet, projector screen, mini dry erase boards, and dry erase markers.
Why this lesson is important to my fifth grade class: Next week we are beginning a research project on animals. The students need to use two different websites to gain information for their paper.
Guiding Questions to Facilitate the Discussion about Credible Sources:
Background Information
-see what the students already know

-Ask the class "What are different ways you know how to research information?" Explain that the Internet is a fast and easy way to gather and obtain information. Caution that some of the information on the Internet is not reliable. Explain that next week, when we start researching the Internet and school library for credible sources for the animal research project, we want to use and include in our projects only information that comes from credible sources.
-Ask the class "What does the word credible mean to you?" The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of credible is "offering reasonable grounds for believing something" ( A credible source looks believable, has information to prove its believable, and offers information that can be found at other websites to verify its truth.
-Ask the class "Do you know any ways to determine whether a website is credible?"

Some ways to determine if a website is credible:
-look at the bottom of the website and see if there is information about when the website was last updated
example: A website that was recently updated in 2007-2008
-most of the time websites that end in .gov or .edu or .org are credible sites
example: A website that ends in .org
-try to determine who created the site or where the information on the site came from
example: A website created by the Lincoln Park Zoo
-see if there are any organizations that sponsored the website
example: An organization sponsored this website

-Now that the class has seen examples of credible websites, make sure they know that websites can look reliable even if they are not. To test their recognition of credible vs. non-credible sites, play a game.
Activity: Split the class into groups of four. Each group gets a mini dry erase board and a marker. Show a website on the projector screen. Give the groups one minute to decide whether the source is credible or not. Write “yes” for credible and “no” for not credible. After each round, highlight the “tip-offs” of each website, further showing how to determine whether a website is credible or not.
Websites to use for the activity:
-non-credible –tree octopus is hard to believe
-non-credible –no publication date or information crediting author or site
-credible –designed for NASA by researchers
-non-credible –not authorized and brief information and facts
-credible –university created and pretty recently updated

Sum Up/Discussion/Final Thoughts:
-Ask the class why it is important to make sure sources are trustworthy when completing research.
-Hand out their list of possible animals to research.
-Ask the class if they have any final questions on the topic of credible vs. non-credible websites.