Would you ban Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO)?
Students evaluate two very real-looking websites on the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide as part of an assignment to take a position on whether or not dihydrogen monoxide should be banned as a dangerous substance. Subsequent comparison to other sources reveals dihydrogen monoxide as an obscure name for water.
Learning Assessment Method(s): Worksheet asks the student to find date, email, url, pop up and ads. The worksheet can be collected and graded by the collaborating teacher. Also, teacher could ask students to demonstrate the skills learned such as truncate a URL. It also could be a first grade in a larger project.
American Association of School Librarians. (1998). Information Power: Building Partnerships for learning. Chicago: American Library Association.
Small, R.V. (2005) Designing Digital Literacy Programs with IM-PACT. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers.
McRel Standards Database: http://www.mcrel.com
The North American Bear Center: http://www.bear.org/Kids/KA_Home.html
Enchanted Learning Website: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/coloring/Hibernate.html
Teacher Files Website: http://www.teacherfiles.com
Mrs. Mary Sinclair, a Kindergarten teacher, who used a hibernating theme for one my daughter's classes. This sparked my interest in working with this lesson topic.