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Lessons For Teaching Computers (1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-8th)

FIRST QUARTER – Ends October 31, 2008

What’s Inside My Computer?
Students draw a picture of what they think a computer looks like inside. Then they explore more and learn the parts of the computer and what they do, like motherboard is the “heart” of the computer, and the microprocessor is the brains of the computer, ect.
(Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

How To Use A Computer
Students will learn how to minimize, maximize, and close a window. How to turn and shut down the computer correctly. How to save a website to their favorites. How to copy and paste. How to enter a web address, selecting and highlighting text, and using links. What it means when cursor changes from an arrow, to a hand, and then into an I.
(Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Mousing Around
Practice using a mouse and complete a mouserobics
(Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Students Will Play
Students will play a game called “Stacker” (construction game teaches preschoolers to recognize letters and numbers using different block patterns) and “Fishin Mission” (count the numbers of fishes in the math game Fishin' Mission) to test their mouse ability.
(Grades 1-2, 3-4)

A fun poem activity helps reinforce basic word processing (Microsoft Word) skills. How to copy/paste and change the font text, color, and size.
(Grades 5-6, 7-8)

Bell Work
To reinforce Home Row Keys. Students will begin each class (5 minutes) by following and doing the steps below.

A. Start Computer
B. Open Microsoft Word and type:

C. Students raise their hand and have teacher check it
D. Then start lessons or assignment currently working on

(Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Home Row Keys
Students learn the Home Row Keys, while coloring a keyboard worksheet, then practicing on lessons. Students will use correct posture, hand and fingering positions. Students will develop keyboarding accuracy and speed when completing lessons “Krazy Keyboarding for Kids”.
(Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Students play the games below when they are done with their lesson / time filler. Having A Little Fun Typing games. Students will be playing games like “Martian City Defender” - Flying laser beams are trying to destroy the Martian Colony. Defend the colony and save the little green aliens! Watch out for the letter drops in bonus rounds. “Sailboat Race” - Save the Sailboat Race. Falling Letters are ruining the sailboat race. Help by typing the letters before they land on the boats. Lots of fun! -
(Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Typing Certificate Test
Typing Certificate Test allows the student to print out a certificate with their name, and typing speed. The tests give an accurate word per minute assessment of the students typing ability. The test has timer options of 1 to 5 minutes. The test will begin when the first key is pressed.
(Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)


Second Quarter
– Finishing Home Row Keys

Poetry Contest
The 2009 edition will be the twentieth year of publishing the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americas. TLS has participated in this project for many years and many of the students have had their work published. The 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th students will be creating poems, typing their poems on a computer, and illustrating (drawing) their poems onto an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper using crayons or color pencils.
(Grades 5-6, 7-8)

Microsoft Word Basics
Students will learn how to use the tool bar, the formatting bar, and how to insert photos or graphics.
(Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Home Row Keys
Students will be introduced to the remaining home row keys - (` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - = backspace [ ] \ ctrl alt). Students will use their keyboard worksheet and color in the above keys to the right color.
(Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Time Words A Minute
Typing games. Students will practice their accuracy and will be tested on their typing speed, playing games like:

Chameleon Picnic – Develop your typing accuracy as you feed the hungry chameleon.

Space Junk – Practice your accuracy as you project your space ship.

Road Race – Develop your typing speed as you race your opponent to the finish line.

* Pirate Race – Improve your speed as you race towards the treasure.

Ride the Wave – Improve your typing speed while out-racing your opponent.

Gumball Gambit – Improve your accuracy at the candy factory.

Far Off Adventures – Practice your typing rhythm from your flying machine.

Creative Lab –Build speed and accuracy as you create interesting creatures.

Shark Attack – Build your typing speed as you try to avoid the shark.

Undersea Karaoke – Build your accuracy and speed as you type a playful tune.

Penguin Crossing - Practice your speed and accuracy as you keep the penguin safe.

* Use for testing students for WPM test
(Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Mr. J Thaddeus Toad in “Web Mania” Worksheet
Students will be learning about” Netiquette” and “Spamming”, while watching the interactive Disney flash movie and answering the Mr. Toad in “Web Mania” worksheet.
(Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Online Story
Students first write a story and illustrate it and then type their story on the computer.
(Grades 1-2)

Technology Ethics
Students will learn the do’s and don’ts about software computer virus, plagiarism, email Internet, instant messaging, and chat room. Students will be signing a contract for online safety: “Kids Pledge”.
(Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

What I did over Christmas break…
Students will be writing a story about what they did over their Christmas break. “Over Christmas break I…” Students will handwrite 3-5 sentences using a pencil on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.
(Grades 1-2, 3-4)


– Projects

Food Exhibit and Tasting – International Foods
Students will research a recipe from a foreign country of their choice, then type out the recipe, according to a set format. The student’s recipes will be assembled into a cookbook. Students will be preparing their recipes and will bring their dishes to serve at a Social Studies Fair held at the school. The students are encouraged to wear clothing, costume, or accessories that help to highlight their chosen country. (Grades 5-6, 7-8)

Online Dictionaries
Students will be introduced to online dictionaries to use to look up words they don’t know. (Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Create A Story
Students will write a story of their choice. Students will handwrite 3-5 sentences using a pencil on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. Then students will be drawing and coloring a drawing of their stories. Then students will be typing their stories using a computer. Students will be reading their stories to their fellow classmates. (Grades 1-2, 3-4)

Create A Story
Students will be given an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper; they will fold it in threes. Each student will draw a head and shoulders on the top 1/3 section of their 8.5 x11 piece of paper and fold and leave a little section (lines) and pass it to another person. Then a second person will draw a body, on the middle 1/3 section, using the lines. Then a third person will finish the legs on the bottom 1/3 section. Students will add as much detail as possible, use crayons or color pencils. Students will make their drawings humanistic. Their drawings can be an animal or monster, but must have a head & shoulders, body and legs.
Finally the person who draws first started the humanistic drawing (head & shoulders) will be creating a (1) one – (2) two page hand-written story of their drawing for homework. Then students will be typing their stories using a computer. Students will be reading their stories to their fellow classmates. (Grades 5-6, 7-8)

Finding Your Way in the World Wide Web
A fun grouping activity teaches about databases. Then students test kid-friendly search engines to find the best one. (Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Internet Research
The students will be introduced to “How To Search the Internet” for information using search engines. Students will be introduced how to find the “weather” in their home town and other states in the USA, while completing a worksheet.
(Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)


Turning Your Computer Into An Easel Students will be learning how to use Kid Pix. Students will be making two pictures titled “A day at the zoo.” and “Things I like to do.” (Grades 1-2)

There’s a Monster in My E-Mail! In this simple collaborative e-mail project, students will participate in a collaborative e-mail project in which they draw and describe pictures of monsters for other students to recreate.
(Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)
     No email accounts for the students. Instead of sending emails,
     the students will save project to floppy disk and exchange with
     a friend across the room from them.

PowerPoint in the Classroom Students will be introduced to PowerPoint.
(Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Stories Online Students will be shown how to make a storyboard on paper (all great designs are started on paper – 80% storyboard and 20% is being designing on the computer). Students will learn to use their paper storyboard to produce PowerPoint presentations.
(Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Digital Camera’s Ins and Outs Digital camera will be used to take a picture of each student, download their photo to their folder on their computer (to be used in their bio PowerPoint presentation.
(Grades 1-2 will learn a shorten version and get their photo taken)
(Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Personal PowerPoint Presentation
Students will first interview a fellow classmate they don’t know much about, using a questionnaire, provider by the teacher. Students will then create a short bio about their fellow classmate using PowerPoint.
(Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Turning Your Computer Into An Easel – Part 2
Students will be making two slide shows using their pictures they all created. Titled – Things I Like To Do” and “A Day At The Zoo”.
(Grades 1-2)

Graphic Artist
Students will become “Graphic Artist” and will be exploring artistic design by making cards, flyers, signs, and banners.
(Grades 1-2 will be using Kids Pix)
(Grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 will be using Microsoft)