When you are creating an internet research project for elementary students, you need to do two important things.
#1 Create guiding questions to help students know what to look for. For example, if you ask your students find information about Thomas Jefferson, they are likely to find a lot information that is not relevant to what you are studying, like stories of his childhood or the number of children he had. However if you tell students that you want them to find out how long Thomas Jefferson was president and 4 important things he did while he was president, then they have a direction to guide their research.
#2 Find quality websites for your students to use a springboard. Younger students are generally not equipped to use only search engines when they are doing research. However, they can learn to maneuver around provided websites to find the information they need. I suggest not providing websites to students by listing them on the board or on a piece of paper, but often web addresses are long and cumbersome and you will have a lot of transferring errors. Instead, have the websites available in on e-format by posting them on Edmodo, e-mailing them to students or providing QR codes.
If you don’t want to spend all of the time doing these two things, you might consider using my internet scavenger hunts. Each of these were created for students I taught at different times during my career. There are 48 different internet scavenger hunts available for you at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. So, before you start recreating the wheel, stop by and see if I have something that will suit your students needs. Here are a few of the ones available:Pin It