Stay on the Path Lesson Two: All That Glitters is Not Gold Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 5 to 6

About the Author: MediaSmarts

This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


This four-lesson unit on search skills and critical thinking teaches students how to target and specify their online searches to avoid unwanted results, how to judge whether a link, search result or website is legitimate or phony, and how to find legitimate sources online for media works such as music, videos and movies.

In this lesson students learn how to authenticate online information by comparing “facts” from the website with more authoritative sources. 

The lesson is part of the Stay on the Path: Teaching Kids to be Safe and Ethical Online lesson series.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • learn how to avoid unwanted search results
  • use advanced search techniques
  • learn how to judge the legitimacy of a result or a website

Home and School Connection

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.