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Analyze Internet Usage

Students will record their Internet usage for one week and analyze the results. Then they will conduct interviews to learn how the Internet has changed people's lives. Then they will create cartoons to illustrate what they learned.

PROCESS:

  1. After reading the article, create a graph showing the percentage of people in each age group who report using the Internet all the time. Have students predict what the percentage might be for people in their age group. Invite volunteers to add dots to the graph to show their predictions.
  2. Instruct students to record the amount of time they spend online for a week. 
  3. After a week, have students calculate their results. Compare those numbers to earlier predictions. Are students surprised by what they found? Why or why not?
  4. Have students identify potential consequences of constant Internet usage. Encourage them to interview their parents, grandparents or other older individuals to learn how they spent their time in pre-Internet days. 
  5. Instruct students to use what they learned to create a cartoon that shows how constant Internet usage has changed people's lives. Tell students to compare what life was like before and after the Internet became so accessible.

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to present their cartoons to the class. Challenge classmates to identify each way Internet usage has impacted people's lives.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:    

Grades 3-4:
Identify potential consequences of constant Internet usage as a class. Instruct each student to talk to an older adult and have students share what they learned in small groups. Tell each group to create one two-panel cartoon that clearly illustrates how constant Internet usage has changed people's lives.

Grades 5-6:
Identify potential consequences of constant Internet usage as a class. Instruct each student to talk to an older adult and have students share what they learned with a partner. Tell each to pair create one two-panel cartoon that clearly illustrates how constant Internet usage has changed people's lives.

Grades 7-8:
As students record the amount of time they use the Internet during the week, challenge them to identify the main reason they go online. For example, do they spend most of their time conducting research, communicating with others or playing games? As students interview an older adult, encourage them to learn how that adult accomplished this same task in pre-Internet days. Instruct students to create a two-panel cartoon focusing on that specific topic.

Grades 9-10:
As students record the amount of time they use the Internet during the week, challenge them to identify the main reason they go online. For example, do they spend most of their time conducting research, communicating with others or playing games? Instruct students to interview older adults from two different generations, such as their parents and grandparents. Encourage them to learn how each of these adults accomplished this same task in pre-Internet days. Instruct students to create a three-panel cartoon focusing on that specific topic.