An investigative activity that leads students to discover the qualities of valid resources when conducting research. Students explore a website about a bogus animal species, engaging in a guided activity worksheet. Then, a teacher leads a discussion on valid versus invalid resources. Guided activity worksheet, complete lesson plan, and thoughtful teacher notes included. I use this lesson every year and it is a huge hit with both the students and the families. It is specifically designed for 5th through 7th grade, but could easily be used with a highly capable 4th grade or remedial 8th grade classroom.