Web Evaluation Activities

Web Eval Activity

Why is it important to evaluate the information found on a web page?
It is very important to carefully evaluate any information found on a web page, especially if this information is going to be retold. Information on the web page should be accurate, reviewed for errors, and appropriate to the subject matter at hand. The information found on a website must be accurate if you plan to use it for any research. The currency of the posted information is also very important. It may have been accurately reviewed, and appropriate to the topic, but if it is old and out-dated information it very well may be false information. Web pages should be used as a tool and a resource, but you should not always depend on their originality or authenticity. Be careful when browsing for artifacts and materials. Below are a few resources guarenteed to be dependable and helpful.

5 Websites Resources for my Classroom

Resource #1: Spelling City
Description: This website is a great way to make fun activities using spelling or vocabulary words.
GPS: This would be appropriate for all ages up to grade 5. The material is guaranteed age appropriate once the student enters the specific spelling words desired.
ELA2R1 The student quickly applies knowledge of letter-sound correspondence and spelling patterns to decode unfamiliar words. The student
d. Reads and spells words containing r-controlled vowels and silent letters.
e. Reads and spells words containing irregular vowel patterns.
How I Would Use This: I would use this resource for practice and fun review for every spelling test. Students can go to the website, enter their spelling word, and either learn with their new words, be tested over the provided words, or start a game with the words to be fun and educational. I really like this website and will use it in my future classroom.

Resource #2: GPB Games
Description: This is a phenominal site that allows students to chose different kinds of math games to practice, making learning fun. The site has different resources for teachers, but also is kid-friendly with a link to "Games".
GPS: This site is really appropriate for all ages, grades K to 4, and all subject matter related to math. Below are just a few standards appropriate for this page.
M1M2. Students will develop an understanding of the measurement of time.
a. Tell time to the nearest hour and half hour and understand the movement of the minute hand and how it relates to the hour hand.
b. Begin to understand the relationship of calendar time by knowing the number of days in a week and months in a year.
c. Compare and/or order the sequence or duration of events (e.g., shorter/longer and before/after).
M2M3. Students will explore temperature.
a. Determine a reasonable temperature for a given situation.
b. Read a thermometer.
M3G1. Students will further develop their understanding of geometric figures by drawing them. They will also state and explain their properties.
a. Draw and classify previously learned fundamental geometric figures and scalene, isosceles, and equilateral triangles.
b. Identify and compare the properties of fundamental geometric figures.
How would I Use This: I would use this in my classroom for whole group review games, or in small group where they play independently. I really like this website. I love any website that is user-friendly, and makes learning fun! :)

Resource #3: The IXL Math Page
Description: This is a great site to review or game for just about any math standard in the GPS document. It has interactive higher-level thinking games that engage the students in the task selcted. It is appropriate for all ages once you pick the desired level for gaming. I have already used this website several times throughout my student teaching process.
GPS: This website is also appropriate in subject matter for all ages and levels from Pre-K to 5th Grade. Below are just a few:
MKN1. Students will connect numerals to the quantities they represent.
a. Count a number of objects up to 30.
b. Produce models for number words through ten.
c. Write numerals through 20 to label sets.
M1D1. Students will create simple tables and graphs and interpret them.
a. Interpret tally marks, picture graphs, and bar graphs.
b. Pose questions, collect, sort, organize and record data using objects, pictures, tally marks, picture graphs, and bar graphs.
M2N3. Students will understand multiplication, multiply numbers, and verify results.
a. Understand multiplication as repeated addition.
M3N5. Students will understand the meaning of decimal fractions and common fractions in simple cases and apply them in problem-solving situations.
a. Identify fractions that are decimal fractions and/or common fractions.
b. Understand that a decimal fraction (i.e. 3/10) can be written as a decimal
M4N2. Students will understand and apply the concept of rounding numbers.
a. Round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand.
b. Describe situations in which rounding numbers would be appropriate and determine whether to round to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand.
M5G1. Students will understand congruence of geometric figures and the correspondence of their vertices, sides, and angles.
How Would I Use This: This is a great website for getting ideas for lessons, whole group activities for the classroom, games for centers, or just for students to work independantly on a task they are having trouble with. You can pull your stuggling students aside and tell them they are being rewarded for trying so hard, and let them "play" while they are learning.

Resource #4: PrimaryGames.com
Description: This website is very appealing to kids, and is completely focused towards getting kids excited about learning. On the home page, there are links to education interactive kid games directed for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Although there are different levels of difficulty on each game, I propose these to be appropriate for grades 1 or up.
GPS: This website is another resource that has several applicable standards depending on the subject and task chosen. Below are just a few example:
ELA3R2 The student acquires and uses grade-level words to communicate effectively. The student
a. Reads literary and informational texts and incorporates new words into oral and written language.
b. Uses grade-appropriate words with multiple meanings.
c. Recognizes and applies the appropriate usage of homophones, homographs, antonyms, and synonyms.
d. Identifies the meaning of common idioms and figurative phrases and incorporates them into oral and written language.
e. Identifies and infers meaning from common root words, common prefixes (e.g., un-, re-, dis-, in-), and common suffixes (e.g., -tion, -ous, -ly).
MKN1. Students will connect numerals to the quantities they represent.
a. Count a number of objects up to 30.
b. Produce models for number words through ten.
SS1G3 The student will locate major topographical features of the earth’s surface.
a. Locate all of the continents: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, and Australia.
b. Locate the major oceans: Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian.
c. Identify and describe landforms (mountains, deserts, valleys, plains, plateaus, and coasts).
S2E3. Students will observe and record changes in their surroundings and infer the causes of the changes. a. Recognize effects that occur in a specific area caused by weather, plants, animals, and/or people.
How I Will Use This: I feel this website is more for students to do independently on free-time. I would use this website at centers or when students have finished work early.

Resource #5: Kids OnLine Resources
Description: This is a great website for students, and student-led research. It is a kid-friendly site that acts like a search engine. The site has several subject matter to choose from with different resources materials available.
GPS: This site has several different tools for students to use to get information, and could be applicable for several different standards. Below are just a few:
ELA3R2 The student acquires and uses grade-level words to communicate effectively. The student
a. Reads literary and informational texts and incorporates new words into oral and written language.
b. Uses grade-appropriate words with multiple meanings.
M2N4. Students will understand and compare fractions.
a. Model, identify, label, and compare fractions (thirds, sixths, eighths, tenths) as a representation of equal parts of a whole or of a set.
b. Know that when all fractional parts are included, such as three thirds, the result is equal to the whole.
How I Will Use This: This is a great tool for students to use that will be a guided search for specific materials they may be needing. If the students want to work of fractions but don't have a specific desire to do so, they could use this website to do so interactively on different resources available on this site.

All of these site are from my personal online bookmarkers. I like these sites and have actually found them to be useful. I hope you found these references helpful. :)

I feel accomplished in finding and using these sources as a teacher, and in sharing these awesome materials with other teachers.
I grew myself in process, by reflecting on these webpages and the actual usefullness of each. Several sites can be considered a resource, but I feel that these can truly be helpful in a classroom setting.
If I needed change the evaluation at all, I would try to express how kid-friendly the programs are by allowing different students to actually tour the sites.

These artifacts are important and practical to my targeted career in teaching because they are specifically chosen online resources geared towards aiding teachers and students.