Item Number: JNR-SITE
GOOGLE SITES LESSON PLANS: Using Google Sites, elementary students construct a website. It will include links to fun, safe places for kids to visit on the World Wide Web.
COMBINE DIGITAL LITERACY AND WEB DESIGN: Before creating their own unique website, students learn to evaluate popular web pages for kids. They investigate the features of a great website: ease of navigation, appearance, content, and safety. Then they evaluate and compare search engines to develop online skills.
FUN SAMPLES AND RESOURCES: Included in the project is a Teacher Guide, Student Workbook, and resource files with planning sheets, example websites, checklists, assessment tools, and optional enrichment activities. Technology integration ideas offer suggestions how teachers can blend a website building project with curriculum objectives.
AUTHENTIC LEARNING EXPERIENCES: As web designers, students create a website on a topic of personal interest to be published and shared with their peers. They collaborate to gain feedback. This real-world challenge engages the interest of tech-savvy students.
STEM AND ICT FOCUS: Website creation builds essential technology skills required in the workplace of the future. In addition, foundational life skills such as problem solving, communication, and creative thinking help to make young people "future proof". Ignite an interest in lifelong digital learning.
Technology Integration: Computer Science, Geography, Language Arts, Media Arts, Science, Social Studies
Technology Skill: Digital Citizenship, Web Design
Session 1: Be a Website Critic
Students become website critics. Before they can analyze web pages on the World Wide Web, they are introduced to Internet terminology. Afterwards, they examine websites and rate them according to ease of navigation, appearance, quality, and safety. They will use their knowledge of what makes a "kid-approved" website when they create their own web pages in the upcoming sessions.
Session 2: Develop Search Strategies
Students learn various search strategies to help them find information fast on the World Wide Web. They apply this knowledge to locate a wide range of items. These skills will be applied in the upcoming session, when students find high-quality websites to include on their own web pages.
Session 3: Become a Web Designer
Students become web designers. To prepare for the task, they view an example website that has hyperlinks to interesting places on the World Wide Web for kids. Students examine the characteristics and rate the ease of navigation, appearance, quality, and safety. Next, they use the Internet to gather resources for their own website. The content of each page is planned using the Website Organizer.
Session 4: Design a Home Page
Students start to make their website using Google Sites. They begin by constructing a Home Page that includes a banner, title, and description. They use Layouts to add blocks of information about the topics.
Session 5: Build Web Pages
Students continue to build their website. They follow instructions to insert several web pages. Each one is about a specific topic and will contain hyperlinks to fun places for kids on the WWW. Content on the Home page is joined to each web page to make it easy for visitors to navigate.
Session 6: Publish a Website
The young web designers publish their websites to the World Wide Web. To prepare, students edit the content and appearance using a checklist as a guide. Next, they have a peer review their website to test each hyperlink. Once, the website is ready for viewers, they publish the website and share the link with classmates.
Optional Digital Citizenship and Google Sites Lesson Plans
- Examine Web Browser Settings: Manage privacy and security settings to stay safe.
- Consider Your Digital Reputation: Consider the responsibility of being a web designer.
- Add a Logo to the Header: Customize the header of a website.
- Insert an Image Carousel: Design a slider with multiple pictures.
- Add ALT Tags: Describe web page images.
Use TechnoSite with unlimited users at your site. A site is a physical location such as classroom, school, learning center, daycare, library, or home. If you teach at multiple sites, you will need to purchase one set for each location. Individual projects are downloadable. Order 5 or more projects or a set and receive a USB drive. Transfer the files to all devices at your site. View the PDF teacher guides and workbooks digitally or print as many as you need. Files CANNOT be posted in public domain.