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Rank and Defend

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication

Curriculum Tie:

Time Frame:
3 class periods that run 30 minutes each.

Group Size:
Small Groups


The teacher will read But I Heard it on the Internet! by Toni Buzzeo to the class. Then, students, working in groups of three, will use the “Gizmo” criteria discussed in the book to evaluate three pre-selected websites. Students will then rank the websites as Good, Better, or Best and write statements to support their ranking choice using vocabulary from the Gizmo.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Elementary Library Media (K-5)
Strand 5 Standard 2

Evaluate and select sources based on predetermined criteria (e.g., relevancy, currency, credibility).


  • But I Heard it on the Internet! by Toni Buzzeo
  • Evaluation Handouts
  • Pencil and Paper


Web Sites

Background For Teachers:
Teacher needs a copy of the book, review website evalution criteria used and preview Google Forms YouTube Video.

Web Sites

Student Prior Knowledge:
Rank - Good, Better, Best

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to evaluate websites based on Mrs. Skorupski's Evaluation Gizmo (informative, easy to use and accurate).

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Read But I Read It on the Internet! (Mrs. Skorupski Story) Hardcover – February 14, 2013 by Toni Buzzeo (Author), Sachiko Yoshikawa (Illustrator)
  2. Direct students to work in groups of three to decide which of the three sites is Good, Better, and Best and have them record on the template. Demonstrate how to change the words in a sentence from the criteria into a statement about the specific website. Second Graders write one statement about each website. Third Graders write two statements about each website. Fourth and Fifth Graders write three statements about each website. E.g. I ranked this site the Best because it’s content was the most relevant.
  3. Use Google Forms, or other method to collect data on conclusions in a visual format for discussion. While projecting results, call on groups to report how they ranked the sites and read their statements to defend their choice of Good, Better, or Best. ***DOK Alert*** Is there a question or group of questions that would eliminate a website? Are some questions more important?

Sets of Student Websites to Use

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