Includes two hands-on activities to help students build foundational internet search skills:
101: Developing search terms
102: Using your search terms
I used the activities early in our research project when students had their own topics and needed to build their skills in searching the internet for information - though they could be applicable for searching databases as well. Ideally this is a 1-1 activity, or students could work in pairs.
The activities helped us build a common vocabulary for talking about the internet (e.g., URL, results page) and encouraged cooperative learning because they could easily identify and share their own successes to help others.
The activities can be scaffolded as a part of a "whole class" research topic - for example if you were teaching the Civil War, or a particular author, you could set a (broad) research topic, and let students use these activities to develop and test search terms.
This is also a wonderful activity to get parents or others in your school community involved. Searching the internet is something most do every day and we can all learn from each other!
There is so much to teach about searching; I kept the scope somewhat narrow so students (and teachers) can easily build from here.