Research Short: Be Instrumental

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2nd - 4th
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A perfect lesson for introducing or reinforcing the concepts of website reliability and hyperlinks. This mini webquest has students use the website: maintained by the San Francisco Symphony to locate the names of instruments belonging to different families and then record a fact about one of the instruments.

Be sure to take a few minutes to speak with the students about whether or not a website created by a professional symphony would be a reliable source. Have the kids take note of the .org ending too! It is also a great opportunity to talk about hyperlinks and how the cursor changes from an arrow into a pointing finger when it encounters one on the screen.

This Research Short aligns perfectly with 2013 Reading Street - Grade 2, Unit 2, Week 3 - Scarcity

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2 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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