Information Systems Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will be exposed to and learn more about information systems. After discussing an informational text, students will apply their knowledge to researching a real corporation's information systems.

Lesson Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Define information systems
  • Describe different components of an information system
  • Research a real-world information system

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.6

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.


45 - 60 minutes


  • Copies of the quiz, one per student
  • Devices with Internet access
  • Poster board, at least three
  • Markers

Lesson Instructions

  • Write the word 'data' on the board. Lead the class in creating a word splash by asking students what words do they think of when they see the word 'data.' Record responses on the board.
  • Tell students that today's lesson is about how data can be organized. Review today's objectives.
  • Play the video What are Information Systems? Definition and Types. Pause at 1:50. Ask:
    • In your own words, what is an information system?
    • What is the difference between general purpose information systems and specialized information systems?
  • Play again, pausing at 2:44. Ask:
    • What are the five components of an information system?
    • Which component do you think is the most important?
  • Play the rest of the video. Ask:
    • What is the relationship between the hierarchy of an organization and its information systems?
  • Answer any remaining questions that students might have.
  • Distribute the quiz.
  • Students will take it independently.
  • Review answers as a group and address misconceptions as they arise.

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