After learning all about the components of website evaluation (authority, currency, content, design), the fifth graders had a chance to test out their new skills this week. They were asked to research "Dog Island." Using the first source, a map, they discovered that Dog Island is a small island off the coast of Florida. Next, they used the website thedogisland.com and read that Dog Island is a place where you can send your dog to live free the rest of its life. As they dug deeper into the text, they read that 2,500 dogs run free there and live off of wild animals and fish. As they continued to explore this site, many of them realized that we needed to check this website's facts against another source. We found an official tourism site for this area of Florida, only to discover that Dog Island is a privately owned vacation destination...for PEOPLE! Website evaluation is a valuable skill for these kids to master!
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