Monday, February 27, 2006

Share Your Internet Research Project

This week you will share your "Black History Month/Civil Rights" Internet Research Project with the class. You will follow the same procedure as sharing an art project with the class.

You will:
  • Share the four "Black History Month/Civil Rights" web sites you found
  • List the URL of each web site
  • Explain why you selected the information from each web site
  • Explain why you selected the images from each web site

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Black History Month/Civil Rights Internet Research Project

Now that you know how to find web sites and images on the internet, you will use your new skills to find information specific to the "Black History Month/Civil Rights" theme. You will have the rest of this week to complete this assignment.

Follow these steps to complete the project:
  • Open a new blank document and save it as: Period#+LastName+FirstName+CivilRights (no spaces)
  • Open in Firefox
  • Enter "civil rights" in the search bar
  • Click on the link: "Civil Rights Movement Timeline"
  • Highlight and copy the URL in the Firefox address bar then paste it in your document
  • Research this web site
  • Highlight and copy a paragraph of information that you find interesting then paste it in your document under the URL
  • Find an image you like from this site and copy and paste it below the paragraph
  • Return to the Google civil rights search results page
  • Click on the link: "The National Civil Rights Museum"
  • Follow the same steps as for the first web site
  • Return to the Google civil rights search results page
  • Click on the link: "Voices of Civil Rights" (This is a sponsored link)
  • Follow the same steps as the first web site
  • Return to the Google civil rights search results page
  • Click on the link: ""
  • Follow the same steps as for the first web site
  • Don't forget to save your work!
  • Log in to Ms. Kline's server account and save a copy in the drop box for sharing next week

Friday, February 17, 2006

How to Find Information on the Internet

You have learned how to find images using Google's "Image Search" search engine. You have also learned how to customize your Firefox Search Bar to search for information using a variety of search engines.

Today you will learn how to search for information using Google's search engine.

Because you have already turned on Google's "SafeSearch," you should be able to find information that is not inappropriate for young people. Just to make sure, click on the "Preferences" link on the right side of the Search Bar and check that you have "Strict Filtering" selected.

Now you are ready to begin searching for information!

When you begin your "query," be as specific as possible:
  • Enter a word or group of words in the search box
  • Use the minus sign (-) in front of a word to leave it out
  • Put quotation marks (" ") around words that must stay together
  • Enter as much information as possible about your query
  • Click on "Advanced Search" to use Google's own prompts
  • You may also request up to 100 results in the "Advanced Search" section
  • Click on "Advanced Search Tips" to use the full capabilities of Google
  • Hit return/enter or click "Google Search"
  • If you click "I'm Feeling Lucky" you will go directly to the first result
  • Results are listed in order of relevancy and the number of other web sites that link to it
  • Click on one of the Blue, Underlined links to see a result
  • Click the "Back Arrow" to return to the list
  • Open links in new tabs so that you can go back and forth between the results list and the web sites you visit
Remember the theme for our Internet Research Project is: "Black History/Civil Rights."

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Share Your February Art Project

This week we will share your February art projects with the class.

Let's review the grading rubric for the art projects.
The art rubric is printed on the back of your grade card.

Proper behavior for the audience:
  • Listening, not speaking
  • Positive, not negative
Please follow these directions for your presentation:
  • Bring your grade card to Ms. Kline
  • Stand by the Smart Board with your artwork displayed
  • Introduce yourself
  • Describe your picture
  • Estimate your grade on this project
  • Ms. Kline will confirm your grade
  • Write down your grade on your grade card

Don't forget to get your grade card signed by your parents!

Great job!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Black History Month - Civil Rights Unit

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, we will begin our Black History Month with a Civil Rights Internet Research Unit.

Please follow these directions:
  • Open Firefox
  • Go to
  • Fill in the Assignment/Quiz code: T2364-91A3
  • Fill in your name (Period# + LastName, First)
  • Follow the directions for the assignment
  • Connect to Ms. Kline's public server account
  • Download the movie to your desktop
  • View the movie
  • Return to United Streaming's "Student Center"
  • Finish the lesson (you will download all movies from Ms. Kline's folder)