TEL Lesson Plan
Beginning Research about Transportation

Grade Level: 2- 4
Subject: English/Language Arts
Time Frame: three 1-hour sessions


Students will be introduced to the layout of Kids InfoBits and taught how to use this database for research.

Databases/Other Resources

Kids InfoBits


Students will work with a web and Kids InfoBits to create an oral presentation about transportation.


Steps for Teacher

Lesson 1:  Break the students up into groups of 3 or 4.  Have the students brainstorm ways that they can travel.  Give them 2 minutes to list as many as possible.  On the board or overhead, have a copy of, or create a transportation web, with transportation listed in the middle; and air, land, and water listed in the surrounding circles.  One at a time have groups name a mode of travel and tell you the corresponding circle it connects with.  List them on your web. 

Have the students open computers to the Kids InfoBits database.  Show them the simple way that the database is set up, with a topic tree search.  Have students explore the land, water, and air travel options and name any additional transportation options they left off the main list.

Once students have had time to explore the database, ask each group to pick one mode of transportation except submarines.  Demonstrate for them how to create their own web about their mode of transportation to make a basic research project.  Ask students to create a center circle with their transportation mode and 3 supporting main ideas with 3 details each.

Demonstrate by clicking on “submarines” and then “Submarines” under the “Reference” tab.  Pull out a main idea of the article and supporting details into the web.  Then start a new branch of the web by clicking on “August Picard” and add a new branch to the web about his research and developments.  Then click on the “Magazine” tab and then the article, “Shark Bait.”  Again, make this a new branch of your web with the main idea in the middle and supporting details branching off.

Lesson 2:  Let the students get to work, support students with questions, and monitor their progress.  Allow them ample time to work.

Lesson 3:  Once groups have completed their webs, ask them to present their webs and research to the group.  Show them how easy it is to turn their webs into research reports and that now they are ready to do more writing.



Steps for Librarian

Lesson 1:  Open Kids InfoBits database on the computers for the students.  Once the teacher brings the students into the library with their webs, be prepared to help the teacher demonstrate the database and help students create their webs.

Lesson 2:  Have computers set to the Kids InfoBits database and support students during their research answering any questions they may have.

Lesson 3:  If possible, be present with the students to hear the reports of their research.  



Steps for Student

Lesson 1:   Students will break themselves into groups of 3 or 4 students.  Students will participate in a brainstorming of transportation modes, when asked by the teacher.  Groups will help create a large web of transportation and explore the Kids InfoBits database.

Lesson 2:   Groups will create a web of their favorite 3 articles about their mode of transportation and 3 supporting details about each.

Lesson 3:   Groups will present their web, with each student presenting one portion of their web and its supporting details.


Related Activities

Groups could be asked to draw pictures of their mode of transportation.  They could also be asked to write the report from their webs.  The lesson could be expanded to larger research projects, larger webs, etc.


Content Standards

English/Language Arts--Grade 2

Standard 2 – Communication

Standard 3 – Writing

Standard 4 – Research


Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

English/Language Arts--Grade 2

Grade Level Expectations:

GLE:  0201.2.1  Develop critical listening skills essential for comprehension, problem solving, and task completion.

GLE 0201.2.2  Develop critical speaking skills essential for effective communication.

GLE 0201.3.2  Employ various prewriting strategies.

GLE 0201.4.3  Write a simple research report.


Performance Indicators State

English/Language Arts--Grade 2

Performance Indicators:

0201.2.1 Use appropriate listening skills.

0201.2.8  Participate in group discussion.

0201.3.3  Brainstorm ideas with teachers and peers, use graphic organizers independently and/or in a group, and use a variety of resources to gather information.

0201.4.2  Select three sources to answer a research question.



Groups will be given a grade based on their use of the required three sources and three supporting details with each main idea.  Groups will receive a participation grade based on their working with their group and taking part in each part of the process.


ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

2.  Communication and Collaboration

a. Students interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.

d. Students contribute to project teams to produce original works to solve problems.

3.  Research and Information Fluency

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


AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1. Creativity and Innovation

1.1.2  Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.

1.1.7  Make sense of information gathered... by identifying... main and supporting ideas.

1.1.9  Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.

1.4.2  Use interaction with and feedback from teachers and peers to guide own inquiry process.

3. Research and Information Fluency

3.1.2  Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.

3.1.3  Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.