Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hysterical

I got this email from a teacher yesterday. I'm going to modify it and use this in some way with my 5th graders. Check it out (especially the FAQs). It's a lesson in researching the validity of Internet sites and not believing everything you read online.

My 2nd period research class will be discussing internet safety and accuracy this week.I am having the students research a false website on the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.They will be collecting data and facts from this site and posting awareness posters about this "endangered" species.I won't be revealing the truth until this Friday (the 19th)-unless I have a student research the truth earlier. Could you please join me in this lesson by playing along?Thanks so much and if you'd like to check out this site: http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

6 comments:

sparkydiva said...

oh man i totally snuck up on a tree octopus when i was snipe hunting with my brother once...back when i was a kid...totally freaky experience.

anna said...

Awesome!

anna said...

I googled the pacific northwest tree octopus and a list of 29,700 was returned! http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=pacific+northwest+tree+octopus&aq=f&oq=

Fred said...

People for the Ethical Treatment of Pumpkins and Greenpeas were my favorite links.

Nik said...

This idea is frickin sweet! All too often kids (well adults too) fall sucker to websites and false information. Let me know how your project turns out for you.

Renee said...

LOLOLOL. Hilarious.

Brandi, you went snipe hunting as a kid, too????? My dad is THE BEST snipe hunt leader, and some of my fondest memories are of our snipe hunts up at the cabin. And you're like the only other person I know who knows what the hell snipe-hunting is :-) That's awesome.