Basic Search Education Lesson Plans

Web search can be a remarkable research tool for students - and we've heard from educators that they could use some help to teach better search skills in their classroom.

The following Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers and the Search Education team to help you do just that. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom. Additionally, all lessons come with a companion set of slides (and some with additional resources) to help you guide your in-class discussions. They are all under Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike, so feel free to adapt them and use them as you see fit! Just please link back to this page. 

  Start out
(Basic lessons)
Step up
(Intermediate lessons)
On top
(Advanced lessons)
Understanding search engines What is the Web?
Google landing
The keys to search city
Search technique and strategies Which links should I follow?
Mixed media
Believe it or not
Features and operators Hello operator
Quick finds
Slicing & dicing


Module A: Understanding Search Engines

Understanding the fundamentals of how search engines work will help your students become better searchers. This module starts with basic concepts and concludes with something that educators overwhelmingly asked us to cover: teaching students how to judge search results and validate the authority of sources they use.

  1. What is the Web? (Basic)
    What are the differences among the Internet, the Web, and search engines? How much of the Internet can I see?
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  2. Google landing (Intermediate)
    How search works on the Web.
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  3. The keys to search city (Advanced)
  4. How to organize and approach a search.
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Module B: Web Search Technique and Strategies

Search is easy but some practice and technique will take your students a long way. This module will help you teach basic tips and tricks and conclude with methods to deal with even the most challenging searches.

  1. Which link should I follow? (Basic)
    Selecting which links to click on in search results.
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  2. Mixed media (Intermediate)
    Different types of content indexed by Google; using it to address search challenges.
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  3. Believe it or not (Advanced)
    Finding quality pages to meet your information needs.
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Module C: Google Web Search Features

We are constantly trying to improve search and making Google more useful. Help your students take full advantage of Google's search technology with a solid understanding of its features and functionality.

  1. Hello operator (Basic)
    Using Google's search options, Advanced Search and operators.
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  2. Quick finds (Intermediate)
    Special searches that help answer common questions.
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  3. Slicing & dicing (Advanced)
    Using the special search features in the Left-Hand Panel.
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