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Skimming and Scanning: Using Riddles to Practice Fact Finding Online

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time One 45-minute session
Lesson Author

Nancy J. Kolodziej, Ed.D.

Nancy J. Kolodziej, Ed.D.

Cookeville, Tennessee


International Literacy Association



From Theory to Practice



Students are used to looking online for information, but chances are they have difficulty when it comes to finding the information they need quickly and efficiently. The primary focus of this lesson is a teacher-directed activity during which students practice the important skills of skimming, scanning, and searching a preselected website to find answers to riddles. Sample websites and riddles about states in the United States are included, or you can incorporate additional content area topics by changing the websites and riddles.

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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.

Students' most common use of the Internet is to search for information. To do so effectively, they must use some of the same skills as when reading print text. But they also need to develop speed and efficiency 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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