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September. 17, 2008 – First Day
Getting to know one another


Subjects
• Computers|

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Brief Description
First I (teacher) share information about myself, then I have each student share things about themselves, like hobbies, if they play sports, if they have a computer at home.

Objectives
Students will:
• get to know me and I will get to know them.
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September 17, 2008 – First Day
Pretest of what student’s know


Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Brief Description
1-2 Students take the test orally - I point to tower, mouse, monitor, printer, and mouse pad. Then I read Arthur's Computer Adventure, by Mark Brown, to demonstrate how careful they have to be when they use the computer.

3-8 Take written pretest to tell me what they know.

Objectives
To tell me how much the students know already.
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September. 17, 2008 – First Day
What's Inside My Computer?


Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will:

• explore the inside of a computer.
• learn the function of each part of a computer.
• learn the definitions of unfamiliar computer terms.

Materials Needed
• 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and pencil for each student
• computer with Internet access
• Click-N-Learn Web site

Lesson Plan
Invite students to draw a picture of what they think the inside of their computer looks like. Encourage them to show what they think makes the computer work.

Then have students explore the grade-level appropriate computer at Click-N-Learn. As they read, encourage students to make a list of any words or terms they do not understand.

Note: The part of this lesson described above – I completed with students gathered around a single classroom computer (since the size of the class was small), with a projected image of the Web site as the whole class explores it together.

“For this class, since it was small I verbally went over with students and quizzed them.”

Next, write a list of words on a board or chart and have students write a one-sentence definition for each word. You might use the words below, or create your own list of grade-appropriate terms:

• power supply
• drive bays (cd drive, floppy drive, and dvd drive)
• fan
• microprocessor
• motherboard
• chipset
• sound card
• video card
• modem (high-speed, like DSL or dial-up)
• memory
• operating system
• BIOS

Then ask each student to create his or her own personal dictionary of computer terms. The terms you provided for the activity can be the start of that dictionary. Encourage students to add to their lists of terms and definitions throughout the year as they learn more about computers and other technology.

Assessment
Students will provide correct definitions for each of the words in the activity.

 


September. 19, 2008
What's Inside My Computer?


Subjects
• Computers
Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives

Students will:
• explore the inside of a computer.
• learn the function of each part of a computer.
• learn the definitions of unfamiliar computer terms.

Materials Needed
• 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and pencil for each student
• computer with Internet access
• Click-N-Learn Web site
• A computer that I can open up and show students

Lesson Plan

Students gathered around a single classroom computer with a projected image of the Web site as the whole class explores it together. I called on each student and had him or her point to get computer term we learned out last class period (oral quiz).

• power supply
• drive bays (cd drive, floppy drive, and dvd drive)
• fan
• microprocessor
• motherboard
• chipset
• sound card
• video card
• modem (high-speed, like DSL or dial-up)
• memory
• operating system
• BIOS

Then I opened up a PC and showed students each part listed above and then opened a Macintosh computer and showed students each part listed above.

Then I quiz students one by one – to show me where something was, like the motherboard, etc.

For the 5-6 and 7-8 students. I also turned my classroom into a
Geek Squad bench, since I work as an agent for Geek Squad. I told students what to replace if something went out in their computers.

• Computers that have a whining, it is probably a bad hard drive
• Bulging capacitors (battery shaped) on the motherboard means    motherboard needs to be replaced
• Computer will not turn on – probably bad power supply
• Sound will not work – probably bad sound card
• monitor will not work – probably bad video card
• Computer is running very slow, can not open more than one program at a    time – probably needs more ram
• Get connected to the Internet – probably bad modem

Assessment
Students are quizzed orally one by one and then award the official “Geek Squad Junior Agent Badge”.

 


September 24, 2008 - What's Inside My Computer?


Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will explore their computers

Materials Needed
• Mouserobics worksheet

Lesson Plan
Students will be shown (hands-on)
• How to minimize a window
• How to maximize a window
• How to close a window
• How to minimize a window
• How to copy and paste (letters/words or all text)
• How to save a website and add it to their favorites
• How to turn computer on/off correctly – THE RIGHT WAY
• 1st through 6th – Did Mouserobics
• 7th and 8th – went over Microsoft word – the ins and outs briefly

Assessment
Students are doing “Say See Do” with me. I do something, like minimize a window and check to make sure each student does.

 


September 26, 2008 - What's Inside My Computer?


Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will review what they learned so far, including what they learned in Mouserobics

Materials Needed
• nothing – just their computers

Lesson Plan
Students will review what they learned so far, including what they learned in Mouserobics
• How to minimize a window
• How to maximize a window
• How to close a window
• How to minimize a window
• How to save a website and add it to their favorites
• How to copy and paste (letters/words or all text)
• How to turn computer on/off correctly – THE RIGHT WAY

• 7th and 8th – Review above list - Plus do Mouserbics

Assessment

Students perform each tasks for the teacher – as the teacher watches

 


October 1, 2008 – How to use a computer?

Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will review what they learned so far, including what they learned in Mouserobics

Materials Needed
• nothing – just their computers

Lesson Plan
Students will review what they learned so far, including what they learned in Mouserobics
• How to minimize a window
• How to maximize a window
• How to close a window
• How to minimize a window
• How to save a website and add it to their favorites
• How to copy and paste (letters/words or all text)
• How to turn computer on/off correctly – THE RIGHT WAY

• 7th and 8th – Review above list - Plus started “What Font” worksheet

Assessment
Students perform each tasks for the teacher – as the teacher

 


October 3, 2008 – How to use a computer?

Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will review what they learned so far, including what they learned in Mouserobics….
….plus how to enter a web address, selecting and highlighting text from left to right and right to left

Materials Needed
• nothing – just their computers

Lesson Plan
Students will review what they learned so far, including what they learned in Mouserobics, plus how to enter a web address, selecting and highlighting text from left to right and right to left

• How to minimize a window
• How to maximize a window
• How to close a window
• How to minimize a window
• How to save a website and add it to their favorites
• How to copy and paste (letters/words or all text)
• How to turn computer on/off correctly – THE RIGHT WAY

• 6th and 7th – Review above list - Plus did “What Font” worksheet

• 7th and 8th – Review above list - Plus finished “What Font” worksheet

Assessment
Students perform each task for the teacher – as the teacher watches
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October 3, 2008 – How to use a computer?


Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 5-6
• 7-8

Brief Description
A fun poem activity helps reinforce basic word processing skills.

Objectives
Students will:
• explore some of the basic functions of word processing programs.
• practice using those functions.
• complete a work sheet about what they learn.Keywords
• technology, computer, word processing, format, text, formatting text

Materials Needed
• Web site What Font! work sheet

Lesson Plan

Brainstorm with students a list of functions their word processing program can perform. They should include on the list typing, saving, and printing text; deleting, inserting, and changing text; copying and pasting text; and so on. Invite students to explore Basic Computer and Word Processing Functions to learn the functions of various tools in their word processing program and to learn the keys and menus they should use to access those functions.

Note: The part of this lesson described above – I completed with students gathered around a single classroom computer (since the size of the class was small), with a projected image of the Web site as the whole class explores it together. “For this class, since it was small I verbally went over with students and quizzed them.”

Next, introduce a poem to students. The poem begins like this:

I have a spelling checker.
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot see.

You can share the entire poem with students by clicking here. (With luck, you should see in their faces the recognition that this poem was written with tongue in cheek!) Talk with students about a handful of the obvious errors.

Next, hand out the What Font! work sheet and have students follow the directions on it. The activity involves students in practicing many of the word processing skills they have learned.

Assessment

Students will correctly complete all the steps on the What Font! work sheet.

Answer Key:
• To find the poem, type the URL into the browser window and hit Enter.
• To copy the poem, click Edit>Select All; Edit>Copy. To paste the poem into a blank word document, open a blank document and click Edit>Paste.
• To save the document, click File>Save As, choose a folder, type Spell Checker Poem in the box next to File name, and click Save.
• To change the Font type from Web to Normal, go to View>Toolbars and click Formatting. Click the down arrow next to Normal(Web) and click Normal in the drop down menu.
• To change the color of all misspelled words to red, highlight each word, click Format>Font and click the color red in the drop down menu beneath Font color. To change the color of all the words at once, hold down the Ctrl or Apple button while highlighting. Then follow the directions for changing font color.
• To change the last line of every stanza to italics, follow the directions for step 5, but choose Italic beneath Font style instead of Font color.
• To correct the spelling, highlight each word and type the correct spelling.
• To delete the author’s name, highlight it and type your own name.
• To insert a suggested grade, highlight your name, go to View>Toolbars and click Reviewing. Click Insert>Comment and type the grade you think you deserve. Click Alt+Shift+C to close the reviewing window. To read the suggested grade, place the mouse over the area where the comment was inserted.
• To save the poem, go to File and click Save. To close the document, click the X in the upper right corner of the document window. - Teacher watches -

 


October 8, 2008 – How to use a computer?

Subjects

• Computers

Grade

• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will be learning the Home Row Keys

Materials Needed
• nothing – just their computers

Lesson Plan
All students view a slide show.
1-2 Students learn Home Row Keys and practice on real keyboard.

3-4 Students learn Home Row Keys and practice on real keyboard, then color a Keyboard handout – that they will take home to practice on or use has reference to learn Home Row Keys.

5-6 Students learn Home Row Keys and practice on real keyboard, then color a Keyboard handout – that they will take home to practice on or use has reference to learn Home Row Keys.

7-8 Students learn Home Row Keys and practice on real keyboard, then color a Keyboard handout – that they will take home to practice on or use has reference to learn Home Row Keys. Plus Students will take a Keyboard Quiz.

Assessment
Students perform each task for the teacher – as the teacher watches. Students are learning the Home Row Keys.

 


October 10, 2008 – How to use a computer?


Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will be learning the Home Row Keys

Materials Needed

• nothing – just their computers

Lesson Plan
1-2 Students color a Keyboard handout – They will practice the Home Row Keys using the Keyboard handout they just colored. The students will take the handout they colored home to practice on.

3-4 Students will take a Keyboarding quiz and then practice Home Row Keys on a Keyboard, using their keyboard handout as a reference.

5-6 Students practiced Home Row Keys on a Keyboard, using their keyboard handout as a reference. Students will start the “Krazy Keyboarding For Kids” lessons. The students will be shown how to make a new folder on their computer’s desktop and label it “their name and grade”. Students will be taught to save their lessons into their folders on their computers.

7-8 Students practiced Home Row Keys on a Keyboard, using their keyboard handout as a reference. Students will start the “Krazy Keyboarding For Kids” lessons. The students will be shown how to make a new folder on their computer’s desktop and label it “their name and grade”. Students will be taught to save their lessons into their folders on their computers. Students will also be given a floppy disc to label and to use to save all future lessons to.

Assessment
Students perform each task for the teacher – as the teacher watches

 


October 15, 2008 – How to use a computer?

Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will be learning the Home Row Keys

Materials Needed
• nothing – just their computers

Lesson Plan
1-2 Students will take a “Computer Basics Quiz”. Students will start “Krazy Keyboarding for Kids” lesson 1 Home Row Keys. Learn how to make a new folder on their desktop with their name on it to save all their work to.

3-4 Students will take a “Computer Basics Quiz”. I will go over “Bell Work” with the students. Students will be doing bell work from now on in the beginning on each class. I will do the steps with the students.
    A. Start Computer
    B. Open Microsoft Word and type:
      QWERTY
        UIOP
        ASDF
        GHJKL
        ZXCV
        BNM
    C. Students raise their hand and have teacher check it
    D. Then start lessons or assignment currently working on
Students will learn how to make a folder on their desktop, then start “Krazy Keyboarding for Kids” lesson 1 Home Row Keys.

5-6 Same as 3rd and 4th class.

7-8 Same as 3rd and 4th class. Except students starting “Krazy Keyboarding for Kids” lesson 4 Home Row Keys.

Assessment
Students perform each task for the teacher – as the teacher

 


October 22, 2008 – How to use a computer?


Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will be learning the Home Row Keys

Materials Needed
• nothing – just their computer

Lesson Plan
1-2 I will give lollipops to students who remembered and brought their paper keyboard to class. Students are finishing “Krazy Keyboarding for Kids” lesson 1 Home Row Keys and starting Lesson 2. Lee, Holly, and Andrew received a “lollipop” for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

3-4 I will give lollipops to students who remembered and brought their paper keyboard to class. Students will do “Bell Work” and will be working on “Krazy Keyboarding for Kids” Lesson 2.

5-6 I will give lollipops to students who remembered and brought their paper keyboard to class. Students will do “Bell Work” and will be working on “Krazy Keyboarding for Kids” Lesson 5-6. Those students who finish Lesson 6 will be playing Home Row Games – www.freetypinggame.net

7-8 I will give lollipops to students who remembered and brought their paper keyboard to class. Students will do “Bell Work” and will be working on “Krazy Keyboarding for Kids” Lesson 4-5. Those students who finish Lesson 5 will be playing Home Row Games – www.freetypinggame.net

Assessment
Students perform each task for the teacher – as the teacher watches.

 


October 29, 2008 – How to use a computer?

Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will be learning the Home Row Keys and taking a Typing Speed PreTest. The final “Timed Typing Test” will be on Friday.Materials Needed
• nothing – just their computers

Lesson Plan
1-2 Students will take a “Typing Speed Pretest”; this test will quiz each student’s “words per minute” typing skills. Students will be practicing the “Timed Typing Test”.

3-4 Students will be doing bell work , then will taking a “Typing Speed Pretest”, this test will quiz each student’s “words per minute” typing skills. Students will be practicing the “Timed Typing Test”.

5-6 Students will be doing bell work, then working on “Krazy Keyboarding for Kids” lesson 6-7 Home Row Keys. Students will then take a “Typing Speed Pretest”, this test will quiz each student’s “words per minute” typing skills. Students will be practicing the “Timed Typing Test”.

7-8 Students will be doing bell work, then working on “Krazy Keyboarding for Kids” lesson 7, 8, 9 ,and 10 Home Row Keys. Students will then take a “Typing Speed Pretest”, this test will quiz each student’s “words per minute” typing skills.

Assessment
Students perform each task for the teacher – as the teacher watches.

 


October 31, 2008 – How to use a computer?

Subjects
• Computers

Grade
• 1-2
• 3-4
• 5-6
• 7-8

Objectives
Students will take a “Typing Speed Test”. Students may take each timed test up to (3) three times and hand in their best “Timed Typing Test” certificate for grading.

Materials Needed

• nothing – just their computer

Lesson Plan

1-2 Students will be take a 1 minute, and 3 minute “Typing Speed Test”, then printing off each “Timed Typing Test” certificate for grading.

3-4 NO BELL WORK. Students will take a 1 minute, and 3 minute “Typing Speed Test”, then printing off each “Timed Typing Test” certificate for grading.

*5-6 NO BELL WORK. Students will take a 3 minute, and a 5 minute “Typing Speed Test”, then printing off each “Timed Typing Test” certificate for grading.

*7-8 NO BELL WORK. Students will take a 3 minute, and a 5 minute “Typing Speed Test”, then printing off each “Timed Typing Test” certificate for grading.
*Students who finish will be playing Home Row Games – www.freetypinggame.net

Assessment

Students will taking “Typing Speed Test”, then printing off each “Timed Typing Test” certificate for grading.