- You cannot always believe what you see! Explain to students that when searching the internet, they must constantly question the validity of anything they find. Although a website's name or appearance may seem official, it does not mean that it is. Have a discussion explaining how easy it is for anyone to post anything on the internet.
- Have student's visit the site http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html
- Ask the students to answer the following 3 questions
- What does the graph tell us about the diminish of California's Velcro Crop?
- Who is the author of this website? What do you know about him?
- Where was this data collected from? Are there any referrals to other sources/links that were cited?
The purpose of this activity is to teach student's how to evaluate the validity of website's themselves by answering questions about a particular website. This activity will show student's that there are several ways to further investigate a website and the information that is found on it. This activity should be carried out by having the student's first work individually and then later share their findings in a group discussion.