Kraken the Code
Learners will use the Internet to solve the mystery of The Kraken, a legendary sea creature, while also learning about search terms, keywords, and how to assess the validity and relevance of web sources.
45 minutes to an hour
Have a brief conversation with your learners about web sources.
- Is everything you read or watch online true?
- How do you know when information on the internet is reliable?
- How can you tell when it isn’t reliable?
Then review the Legit-o-Meter Tip Sheet to discuss some general rules for determining the credibility of a website.
Kraken the Code: Hunt
Split learners into groups of 2 or 3 and explain that each group’s challenge is to prove whether or not the legendary monster, The Kraken, is real or a myth.
Groups start by spending 20 minutes researching. Using the guidelines from the Tip Sheet, groups should evaluate 2 internet sources, documenting their findings on the Legit-o-Meter (either by writing on the handout or editing the online template).
Consider guiding their research with the following prompts:
- Ask learners to individually talk through the process of searching for credible information.
- Do a sample search together and ask the group what to do next.
- Pair-up learners and ask them to create a screencast explaining their decisions.