Name of Lesson:

Aliens and other Hoaxes Real or Not

Lesson Grade Level:

6 to 8

Additional Grade Levels:



Charlene Stone, Henry Danielson, Stan Moisich, Russell Ewick



Instructional Setting


Instructional Setting:


Single Student


Small Group


Whole Class



Lesson Description and Objective(s)


*General Description of Lesson:

Students will visit three web sites and answer seven questions at each site. At the end of the lesson, students will use the information that they have gleaned from the Web Quests and research to write and essay expressing personal views on the existence or non-existence of aliens.

*Objective(s) of Lesson:

Students will understand that information may be used to prove a point. Students will be asked to look at information that contains bias contrary to mainstream and where facts are missing or irrelevant. Students will then view sites that are backed up with facts that are used to prove ideas that are mainstream opinions. Students will be asked to categorize and marshal their arguments in two areas: belief or disbelief of the views they have explored. Students will use facts from evaluations to back up their own points of view. After each web quest students will participate in a guided discussion.



Subject and Strand(s)/Domain(s)


*Subject Area:

Information Literacy



Cross Curricular Connections:

Science and Language Arts



Standard(s) Addressed Lesson Plan




2.1 Identify the structural features of popular media (e.g., newspapers, magazines, online information) and use the features to obtain information.

2.2 Analyze text that uses the compare-and-contrast organizational pattern.

2.3 Connect and clarify main ideas by identifying their relationships to other sources and related topics.

2.4 Clarify an understanding of texts by creating outlines, logical notes, summaries, or reports.

2.6 Determine the adequacy and appropriateness of the evidence for an author's conclusions.

2.7 Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate, supporting citations.

2.8 Note instances of unsupported inferences, fallacious reasoning, persuasion, and propaganda in text.


Types of assessments that will be used


*Assessment type(s)


Writing Samples














Teacher-made test












How student learning will be assessed


Describe the assessment plan:

*      Students will turn in answers to teacher prepared questions for each of the web quests.

*      At the culmination of the Web Quests, students will turn in an essay stating their opinion on the existence or non-existence of aliens.

*      Students will use the rubric to self assess their essay and works cited.

*      Students will access sites assigned by the teacher and complete a Web Quest.Students will find least one site of their own choosing to explore.All sites will be documented in their works cited information.



Electronic learning resource(s) you would like to use in this lesson plan


Select resource(s):

Instructor previews and assigned Internet Web Sites, World Book Encyclopedia, Goggle search engine, MS Word



Computer and video resource(s) needed for this lesson


Software Applications:








Web Browser




Word Processing











Computer Equipment:


Computer (Win or Mac)


Sound Capabilities


Internet Connection


Digital Camera


CD Drive


Projection Device


DVD Drive


Web TV








Video Equipment:






DVD Player


Video Camera


Laserdisc Player






Teacherís required technology competency level


*Teacher Competency Level:








N/A (no computer skills required)



How the lesson will be implemented


*Teacher Procedure:

Teacher must choose a topic and search for appropriate sites for the topic being investigated. Sites should be evaluated using the following criterion:


     1. Is the site accessible?    Yes or No
     2. Is the site copyrighted?  Yes or No
     3. Is the site appropriate for your students?     Yes or No
     4. Is the site easy to navigate?    Yes or No
     5. Is the site well organized?     Yes or No
     6. Is the site accurate?     Yes or No
     7. Is the site objective?   Yes or No
     8. Is the site reliable? (dependable, consistent, and trustworthy) Yes or No
     9. Is the site supported by documentation?   Yes or No
   10. Is the site valid? (legitimate)   Yes or No


*      The sites that the teacher utilizes should show glaring negative examples and mistruths. The examples should be apparent enough for students to distinguish. Teachers should also assign sites that only have a few problems such as objectivity, validity or supporting documentation.

*      The instructor should spell and grammar check the site to look for errors that show that professional quality editing was not used on the site.

*      The instructor will need to find sites that are examples of exceptional quality that authoritatively refute the views stated by the other sites.

*      Students should be able to interact with and question information presented on the web page and objectively look for logical flaws and discrepancies.


*Student Tasks:

*      Student will complete two different a web quests that have been assigned by the teacher.

*      Students will answer teacher prepared questions as well as conduct a web site evaluation using a rubric.

*      Students will evaluate text by using the spell and grammar check so see how the website rates.

*      Each student will then write an essay using Microsoft Word that statestheir opinion on the area that they have investigated.

*      After doing three evaluations, each team of students will then create a PowerPoint presentation on one area of their investigation.


*Time Required:

# of class periods:


# of minutes per class period:


Notes, tips, suggestions, and/or extension activities:




Aliens and Space Web Quest

Alien Protection http://zapatopi.net/afdb.html Fill out the Web evaluation, copy the first page and spell and grammar check the web to see how it rates.


1.      What is an AFDB?



2.      What does and AFDB protect you from?



3.      How long should the aluminum foil be for a standard AFDB?



4.      Does this site believe that and AFDB is safe to use with children and pets?



5.      Who were the first people in history to use an AFDB?



6.      What building in Washington D.C. uses this technology?



7.      What is the U.S. government putting in each coin?



8.      Does the website explain how the beanies reflect thought control?



9.      Do you believe this technology does exactly what this site states an AFDB will accomplish? Go to the world book site first then visit the other sites before you answer question 8.




http://search.worldbookonline.com/wbol/wbSearch/na/se/co?st1=esp&x=13739&y=1&x=12&y=11 http://www.csicop.org/si/9603/claims.html



Aliens, Space and the Man in the Moon


Hoaxes exposed http://www.aulis.com/nasa.htm Fill out the Web evaluation, copy the first page then paste it into Word to spell and grammar check the web site to see how it rates.


1.      When did the Apollo mission land on the Moon?



2.      What is this web site selling?



3.      What was the success rate of the moon missions?



4.      Click next page at the bottom, what does this site say about a belt that stops us from leaving the earth?



5.      What is the problem the site brings up between the TV coverage and photographs?



6.      What does Richard Feynman say about the mission and does the article give us any links to him?



7.      Click next page again and choose which question that Dark Moon brings up as the most interesting and explain why.



8.      After reading the information contained in World Book and the NASA, write an essay about which version you believe and why?





Crop Circles made by Aliens or Hoaxers?


Crop Circles http://www.paradigmshift.com/


1.      Click on What are crop circles. Which crops are crops circles found on mostly?



2.      What countries have never reported crop circles?



3.      How long does it take most crop circles to form?



4.      Where are the most complex circles found?



5.      When did the earliest known crop circle appear?



6.      Click on theories. How many basic theories are accounted for at this site?



7.      Which theory do you like best and why?



8.      Read the articles below and come back and explain if you believe that crops circles are made by aliens and explain why or why not?