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Developing Searching, Skimming, and Scanning Skills With Internet Bingo

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Grades 4 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two or three 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Nancy J. Kolodziej, Ed.D.

Nancy J. Kolodziej, Ed.D.

Cookeville, Tennessee


International Literacy Association



From Theory to Practice



Because the Internet contains a vast amount of resources and information, students must be able to weed quickly through sites to find the information they need. This lesson develops students' skills in Internet searching, skimming, and scanning through teacher modeling, think-alouds, and think-pair-share. In this lesson, students begin with a discussion and demonstration of skimming and scanning to find information on the Internet. Through a teacher-modeled activity, students learn how to use appropriate key terms to yield a manageable number of resources. Students then divide into groups of two to complete a bingo game, and during the course of the game, students will search a website to fill in a bingo board. A sample bingo board focusing on ancient Greece and Rome is included, but additional content area-related goals may be incorporated by changing the questions on the bingo board to match a particular topic.

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Schmar-Dobler, E. (2003). Reading on the Internet: The link between literacy and technology. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 47, 8085.

  • Children's most common use of the Internet is to search for information.

  • Students must develop skills, including speed and efficiency, to navigate the Internet to find information they seek.

  • Teachers can help students develop media literacy skills by modeling and providing instruction in these skills.

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