Evaluating Resources- grade 6

Lesson Title: Evaluating Resources and Citing Sources


Students will be able to identify the Google is not a resource and determine that Wikipedia is not a credible source for research.  


Sixth Grade


2 Lessons 25 minutes each

Standards and Learning Objectives

Washington State Ed Tech Standards:

1.d. Students are able to navigate a variety of technologies and transfer their knowledge and skills to learn how to use new technologies (Students develop criteria for selecting digital learning tools and resources to accomplish a defined task)

3.b. Students practice and demonstrate the ability to evaluate resources for accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance (students use their knowledge of media literacy and multiple criteria to evaluate the validity of information found with digital learning tools and resources; student understand that media present value messages and have an inherent bias, and question who produced material and what they may have left out.)

3.d. Students explore real-world issues and problems and actively pursue an understanding of them and solutions for them (students demonstrate knowledge that not all online sources are credible.

Washington State ELA Standards:

W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the date and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.


Formative Assessment

Teacher will observe the discussion and make adjustments to student understanding as needed.

Lesson One: Identifying Reliable Sources



There are many resources on the internet, and some are accurate, and some are not. How do you determine which is which?


Day 1

Step 1

Today we’re going to talk about using Google when doing research.


Definition of Search Engine according to Dictionary.com


Step 2

Begin by opening Google and completing a search on Dog Breeds.

Look at the components of the page




Where is the information? Click on a website to show that the information is actually not on Google. Google is the finder of the sources of information, not the information itself. It is equivalent to getting a book from the library and saying you got your information from the library. The information came from a book that was in the library not the library itself.

Step 3

Show the Youtube video How to Know if a Source is Reliable by Shmoop https://youtu.be/m_EAxomGhNY (5:47 minutes)

Step 4

Discuss the points in the video

  • Did we pull our sources off the internet – pulling from official sources is probably ok
  • Who is the author? Are they an expert in their field? Did they cite their sources?
  • When was the source written? Is it appropriate to the topic and time we’re talking about?
  • What is the author’s purpose? Inform, entertain, persuade?

Step 5

Review the TRAAP criteria from the Grade 5 lesson

Step 6

In pairs, have students search on Google two topics (elephants, Winter Solstice, or something of your own choosing)

Identifying how many sites appear, click on the first couple of sites – identify that it isn’t information from Google, but a website that google has found.

Can they answer the questions from the video? Are they potentially reliable sites?


Day 2

Step 1

Begin a discussion asking students for a review on how they being to search for information on the internet

Review the criteria for determining the credibility of a website from the video in the previous day

Step 2

Discuss Wikipedia – Usually one of the first sites that Google identifies

Define Wiki according to Dictionary.com https://www.dictionary.com/browse/wiki

Why might that be an issue when using a website like Wikipedia?

Taken directly from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_is_not_a_reliable_source

Step 3

Show students an excerpt from Bored Panda that shows Wikipedia edits – #12 Run On Sentence and #14 Tube


Step 7

Show students the article from Wikipedia about the top 50 edited Wikipedia pages of 2020


Step 8

For fun let students play around with Break Your Own News www.breakyourownnews.com  to explore putting outlandish stories on the internet.

Share out if time allows

Step 9

Exit Slip:

Define WIKI

What are two questions to ask yourself as you look at a resource on the internet?


 Lesson Two: Citing Sources using Word




Step 1

Today we’re going to review from 5th grade the importance of showing where we got our information from on the Internet. We’re going to learn how to use Word to create a bibliography or works cited document.

Step 2

Begin by opening the websites from last week and talk about the information we need in order to give credit. This is information that we’re going to need to fill out the form in Word to create our bibliography.

  • Author or corporation
  • Name of webpage
  • Name of web site
  • Date
  • URL

Step 3

Have Word open and walk through creating a bibliographic entry with the students. Pass out the step by step directions.

Step 4

Have students practice creating a bibliography entry in a Word document of their own.

Step 5

When students have completed a bibliography entry, check their work on their computer as an exit slip.






Creating a Bibliography for Websites in Word


Open Word in Office 365 and click on the OPEN IN DESKTOP APP at the top of the page. If you do not do this, you cannot work with References.


Once your document is open in Word, click on the References tab at the top…

You will be using the Citations & Bibliography section. Use APA style.


Select Manage Sources at the top and this window will open…

To create a new entry, click on New


Choose your Type of Source (website) and fill in the information, then click OK.








Select the sources you used by highlighting them and Copy them into your Current List

Then close the Source Manager.

To create the bibliography in your document, click on Bibliography

And then click on Bibliography. It will automatically create a new Bibliography page.



Aguilar, D. (2011). 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System. Washington, DC: National Geographic Kids.

Base, R. (2011). Baseball. Diamond, New York: Diamond Press .

Cox, J. (2008). One is a Feast for Mouse. New York: Holiday House.

Departments and Programs Directory. (2017, November 20). Retrieved from Seattle Hill Elementary: https://www.sno.wednet.edu/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=20&ChannelID=107&DirectoryType=6