TEL Lesson Plan
Big Cats and Wild Dogs

Grade Level: 3-4
Subject: Computer Technology
Time Frame: 1-2 hours; or 1-2 class periods


Students will research facts about a species of big cat or wild dog and download a picture from the Kids InfoBits database. Students will load a picture and facts into a table in Microsoft Word or other word processing program and cite their sources.

Databases/Other Resources

Kids Infobits; Microsoft Word or other word processing program


Students will create a 1 column, 6 row table with information labels in Microsoft Word or other word processing program. Keeping Word open, students will open an internet browser and navigate to the Tennessee Electronic Library to search Kids Infobits. After locating an article on a specific big cat or wild dog, students will copy and paste or transcribe required facts into the table.


Steps for Teacher

1. Instruct students to open Microsoft Word or another word processing program.

2. Guide students in creating a 1 column, 6 row table (step by step instructions will vary according to the program and vesion used.)

3. Instruct students to label each row in the following order: Name of Animal, Picture, Height, Length, Where It Lives, An Interesting Fact, Source Citations. The Source Citation row should have additional lines for Photo Citation and Facts Citation.

4. Demonstrate for students how to format the row labels by bolding and italicizing and using colons when facts will follow. Here is a sample table which may be displayed on a projector as students work or copied and handed out.

Animal Name:










Where It Lives:


An Interesting Fact:



Source Citations








5. Instruct students to save the document with an appropriate file name on the computer or on a portable USB drive.

6. If students will be completing the assignment in the same class session, instruct them to keep open but minimize the document.

7. Assign students a big cat or wild dog to research or let them choose among pumas, siberian tigers, lions, jaguars, cheetahs, wolves, coyotes, and hyenas.  

(Librarian or teacher will perform steps 8-15 below).

16. Instruct students on how to toggle between Kids Infobits and the Word document so that they may fill in their tables with the required facts.

17. Show students how to right click on an animal image to copy it and how to paste it into the appropriate box in the Word document. Alternately, students may right click to save the image and insert it into Word using the appropriate commands.


Steps for Librarian

1. Have students keep open or reopen their Word documents.

2. Guide students to the Kids Infobits database at the Tennessee Electronic Library website. 

3. Have students search for their assigned animal and help interpret subject heading results so that they choose the correct one.

4. When students click on the appropriate subject heading, explain the results categories such as Reference, Magazines, Newspapers, etc.

5. Have students choose the Reference tab and view results. Explain that each result comes from a different source.

6.  Instruct students to read an article or two from the Reference tab to locate the information needed for the assignment.

7.  Point out the source citation information at the bottom of the screen and explain why it's important that they cite sources.

8. Show students the images tab and have them view an image or two of their assigned animal. Point out the source citation information at the bottom of the screen and explain why it's important that they cite sources.


Steps for Student

1. Create a 1 column 6 row table in Microsoft Word.

2. Label rows and format the labels in bold and italics.

3. Research a big cat or wild dog in the Kids Infobits database.

4. Locate and transfer facts (listed in table above) to the table. Do not format this text.

5. Copy and paste an image of the animal from Kids Infobits into the appropriate row in the table.

6. Locate, copy, and paste louboutin schuhe source citation information from the database into the table.

7. Save the file and print it.

Related Activities

Content Standards

Computer Technology--Grades 3-4

Standard 2.0: Students will understand the importance of social, ethical, and human issues associated with technology.

Standard 3.0: Students will use technology productivity tools.

Standard 4.0: Students will use technology communications tools.

Standard 5.0: Students will select and use appropriate technology research tools.

Standard 6.0: Students will utilize technology problem-solving and decision-making tools.


Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Computer Technology - Standard 2.0

Learning Expectations:

2.1 Students will understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.

Computer Technology - Standard 3.0

Learning Expectations:

3.2 Students will use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.


Computer Technology - Standard 4.0

Learning Expectations:

4.2 Students will use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.


Computer Technology - Standard 5.0

Learning Expectations:

5.1 Students will use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.

5.2 Students will use technology tools to process data and report results.

5.3 Students will evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.

Computer Technology - Standard 6.0

Learning Expectations:


6.1 Students will use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.


Performance Indicators State


Computer Technology - Standard 3.0

Performance Indicators:


Computer Technology - Standard 6.0

Performance Indicators:







ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

a. plan strategies to guide inquiry

b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

d. process data and report results

5. Digital citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:

a. advocate and practice safe, legal and responsible use of information and technology.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:

a. understand and use technology systems.


AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

3. Share knowledge and participate ethically andproductively asmembers of our democratic society.