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/