Google for Educators offers several free resources. One of the links will take you to a suite of free classroom posters. As I was recently discussing how to “narrow down a search” with my gifted students, I found the “Google Search Tips for Kids” poster to be exceptionally helpful. If you are looking for other Google resources regarding searching, there is also a “Search Education” site by Google that offers lesson plans on how to “effectively use web search.” Here is a link to some slides that display “Google a Day” challenges for practicing search skills or you can visit the live “Google a Day” challenge on the web.
For a great internet research challenge, try “A Google A Day”. At the bottom of the search page, there is a question for that day. You are timed on how long it takes you to submit a correct answer. You can get hints as well as tips for how to search for the solution. If you are looking for a particular date, you can change the date in the URL in the address bar. This would be a fun quick challenge for kids in a 1:1 classroom. You could also do it at a station, and have students record how long it took them. For further differentiation, assign students to create their own challenges.