Resources made by a Technology Teacher for Technology Teachers

Online Research Skills Unit


Instant Digital Download!

Research Skills are critical for today’s students. This complete 7 lesson unit will teach your upper elementary or middle school students everything they need to be successful online researchers. Updated 9/17/17 with an answer key.

No Stress Ordering:

  • Nearly everything here is an instant digital download, which means you can download the files as soon as your order is placed. 
  • You’ll also receive an email with the download link(s) so that you can access them anywhere.
  • There are also some courses and subscriptions that come with both digital downloads and virtual content hosted on my webpages. All of the access information will be provided to you. 


Research Skills are critical for today’s students. This complete unit will teach your upper elementary or middle school students everything they need to be successful online researchers.
The 9 modules include:
  • Copyright and Fair Use
  • Evaluate a Website
  • Judging Online Information
  • Putting Info. Together
  • Search Better
  • Search Engines and Strategies
  • Intro to Searching Online
  • Get More Out of Google Search
  • Hidden Features of Google Search

This resource is digital worksheets with questions to answer about these research topics. Each worksheet links to an online interactive learning module, where students can find the answers to the questions. Each lesson should take between 30-45 minutes for a student to complete. This is ideal for a computer lab teacher or media specialist who has access to a class set of computers. If you’re a classroom teacher, check out the laptop cart or sign up for the computer lab.

This is a full crash course in online research and you will have an assessment piece for each lesson. The questions included are “right there” questions. Students can move through the learning modules and find the answers easily. By the end of the complete unit, they will know specific answers for what to do if their search isn’t showing the results they expected, how to cite a source, how to know if a website is a good source, and so much more. This download also includes an editable rubric and standards alignment page.

I use these with 5th grade students. Depending on background experience and expectations, they could be useful for several grade levels of students.

I DO allow these Word documents (digital worksheets) to be uploaded to a password protected page of a teacher website or onto a learning management system like Edmodo, that requires students to log in to access. These worksheets aren’t cute or exciting, but they get the job done when it comes to students learning research skills. When the lesson is done, students can print the worksheet or save it to their file (I recommend saving even if they do print).

If your students need work on their Microsoft Office Skills, I have a complete unit for PPT Skills in my store. If you are a computer lab teacher or media specialist and you don’t have the Technology Teacher Planning and Data Binder yet, you’re missing out on an opportunity to be more organized than you’ve ever been before. Register today for my FREE Email Course for Technology Teachers.


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Online Research Skills Unit”
Brittany Washburn Logo Tech Teaching Resources compressed

Hi, I'm Brittany!

I’m a technology standards expert who makes technology curriculum for elementary computer lab teachers. Here you’ll find full year technology lessons, supplemental activities for each of the technology skills, and fun resources that review technology skills throughout the year. 

Get your weekends back knowing that your computer lab lessons are covered and your students are learning exactly what they’re supposed to! 

Wait! Your order is almost complete...

Add this offer to your order.

Add Something Fun!

50% off Spring Themed Text Formatting!

Original Price: $4.00 Discounted Price: $2.00

No thanks, I will pass!

Online Research Skills Unit