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Fifth Grade Technology Lessons - Qtr. 3

Touch Typing, Photo Editing, Digital Art

In the 3rd Qtr, 5th grade students continue to develop two hand homerow typing proficiency.

 

Students will use a photo editor to crop, adjust brightness and contrast, remove red eye, and resize photos.

 

Students will learn to remove picture backgrounds and use layers to combine photos to make a wanted poster, cartoon a face, create Andy Warhol pop art and more.

 

Students can use these skills and techniques to improve the photos used in their technology integrated assignments with Powerpoint, slideshows, brochures, posters, movies, websites, etc.

 

These assignments also build strong file managment skills. Students will open, save, name and rename files, as well as create and name folders throughout these weekly projects.

 

9 Weeks of Photo Editing / Digital Art

Take your time, do as many of these that can be done well.

 

1) Photo Editing - Cropping - Learn to crop images.

2) Photo Editing - Red Eye - Practice removing redeye.

3) Photo Editing - Brightness / Contrast - Adjust dark images.

4) Photo Editing - Layers - Moon Party - Learn to use layers to combine images.

5) Photo Editing - Layers - Funny Photos -Remove backgrounds and combine images using layers to make funny photos.

6) Cartoon a Face - Learn to draw cartoon faces using many tools and skills.

7) Wanted Poster - Put your face on a wanted poster (Easy!).

8) Andy Warhol - Re-create the classic Andy Warhol pop-art style with your picture.

9) Pivot - Floating Animation

 

Recommendations:

 

Typing Lessons: Focus on typing accuracy and correct finger placement, not speed. Speed will be acquired naturally over time in the future months and years of typing lessons.

 

File Distribution: Share assignment files using Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.com, Microsoft OneDrive or a shared network drive on your school network server.

 

Enrichment: Use the enrichment activities to support regular classroom curricula. Good for early finishers, late arrivals, supplementation, differentiation.

 

Time Management: These weekly lessons are programmed for 2 weekly sessions of 45 minutes each. Adust the activity selections according to your own needs.

 

Internet Search: Make sure your students' computer browsers are set to safe search. If your school is using content filtering on the network, (and they should be!) then safe search may be taken care of automatically. In any case, the academic topics we are researching are unlikely to produce inappropriate results. Provide appropriate supervision.

 

Fifth Grade Technology Lesson Schedule:


 

Third Quarter - January ~ March

 

QTR. 3 - Week 1:

Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

 

Review Typing:

Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing. Review proper finger technique.

 

Assign Typing Practice:

Assign 25-30 minutes or until done with Dance Mat Typing.

 

Simple, free countdown timer.

Start it and project on the big screen / whiteboard for kids to see.

(Download, unzip, and run it, no install required, Windows)

Download: snap-timer-freeware.zip

 

Snap Timer Freeware

 

Typing Stage 7 Typing Stage 8 Typing Stage 9 Typing Stage 10

 

Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Students type with both hands, try to get a final score of 60 points or more.

Assign: Keyboard Climber 2. Students type with both hands. Finish level three.

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 1:

Session 2: Photo Editing - Cropping Pictures

Digital Photo Editing | Enrichment

Students will learn to use the cropping tool of a typical photo editing program.

Students will also practice managing and renaming the files with descriptive names as well as inserting them into the "Photo Editing Cropping" template.

 

Instructions:

1) Download photos to be cropped.

2) Choose 5 photos to edit.

3) Crop an area of (about 300px width X 225px height) for each picture.

4) Save each cropped image with a new name by adding the word "cropped" to the file name. Example: 2-kittens-cropped.jpg

5) Insert the 5 original images and the 5 edited pictures into the before and after photo editing template.

 

Download: photo-editing-cropping-template.docx

 

Download: Paint.NET - a free photo editor for Windows

 

Download: photo-editing-cropping-practice-pictures.zip

 

Finished Example and Blank Cropping Template:

Photo Editing Cropped Images Photo Editing - Cropping Practice Template

 

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 2:

Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

 

Review Typing:

Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing. Review proper finger technique.

 

Assign Typing Practice:

Assign 25-30 minutes or until done with Dance Mat Typing.

 

Simple, free countdown timer.

Start it and project on the big screen / whiteboard for kids to see.

(Download, unzip, and run it, no install required, Windows)

Download: snap-timer-freeware.zip

 

Snap Timer Freeware

 

Typing Stage 7 Typing Stage 8 Typing Stage 9 Typing Stage 10

 

Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Students type with both hands, try to get a final score of 60 points or more.

Assign: Keyboard Climber 2. Students type with both hands. Finish level three.

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 2:

Session 2: Photo Editing - Red Eye Fix

Digital Photo Editing | Enrichment

Students will learn to use the red eye correction tool of a typical photo editing program.

Students will also practice managing and renaming the files with descriptive names as well as inserting them into the "Photo Editing Red Eye Fix" template.

 

Instructions:

1) Download the photos to be corrected.

2) Choose 5 photos to edit.

3) As best possible, remove the red eye for each picture.

4) Save each corrected image with a new name by adding the words "redeye fixed" to the end of the file name. Example: 2-bunnies-redeye-fixed.jpg

5) Insert the 5 original images and the 5 edited pictures into the before and after photo editing template.

 

Download: photo-editing-redeye-fix-template-.docx

 

Download: Paint.NET - a free photo editor for Windows

 

Download: photo-editing-redeye-pics.zip

 

Finished Example and Blank Red EyeTemplate:

Redeye Fix Template Finished Example Red Eye Template Blank

 

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 3:

Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

 

Review Typing:

Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing. Review proper finger technique.

 

Assign Typing Practice:

Assign 25-30 minutes or until done with Dance Mat Typing.

 

Simple, free countdown timer.

Start it and project on the big screen / whiteboard for kids to see.

(Download, unzip, and run it, no install required, Windows)

Download: snap-timer-freeware.zip

 

Snap Timer Freeware

 

Typing Stage 7 Typing Stage 8 Typing Stage 9 Typing Stage 10

 

Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Students type with both hands, try to get a final score of 60 points or more.

Assign: Keyboard Climber 2. Students type with both hands. Finish level three.

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 3:

Session 2: Photo Editing - Brightness / Contrast

Digital Photo Editing | Enrichment

Students will learn to use the brightness / contrast adjustment tool of a typical photo editing program. Students will also practice managing and renaming the files with descriptive names as well as inserting them into the "Photo Editing Brightness" template.

 

Instructions:

1) Download the photos to be corrected.

2) Choose 5 photos to edit.

3) As best possible, adjust the brightness / contrast to improve each picture.

4) Save each corrected image with a new name by adding the words "brightness-adjusted" to the end of the file name. Example: clown-brightness-adjusted.jpg

5) Insert the 5 original images and the 5 edited pictures into the before and after photo editing template.

 

Download: photo-editing-brighten-contrast-template-.docx

 

Download: Paint.NET - a free photo editor for Windows

 

Download: photo-editing-brightness-contrast-practice-pics.zip

 

Finished Example and Photo Editing Brightness Template:

Photo Editing Brightness Practice - Done Photo Editing Brightness Template

 

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 4:

Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

 

Review Typing:

Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing. Review proper finger technique.

 

Assign Typing Practice:

Assign 25-30 minutes or until done with Dance Mat Typing.

 

Simple, free countdown timer.

Start it and project on the big screen / whiteboard for kids to see.

(Download, unzip, and run it, no install required, Windows)

Download: snap-timer-freeware.zip

 

Snap Timer Freeware

 

Typing Stage 7 Typing Stage 8 Typing Stage 9 Typing Stage 10

 

Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Students type with both hands, try to get a final score of 60 points or more.

Assign: Keyboard Climber 2. Students type with both hands. Finish level three.

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 4:

Session 2: Photo Editing - Moon Party

Digital Photo Editing | Enrichment

Students will remove backgrounds from various pictures and use the layers feature of the photo editor to add those pictures to a moonscape background. Students will also practice managing and renaming files.

 

Instructions:

1) Download the Moon Party pics.

2) Choose and open a moon scape background image in the photo editor.

3) Remove the backgrounds from 3 or more foreground images.

4) Add your changed foreground images to your background image.

5) Add graphics and text to advertise your "Moon Party" details (who, what, when, where).

 

Download: 4-step-moon-party-tutorial-using-paint-dot-net.pdf

 

Download: moon-party-pics.zip

 

Download: Paint.NET - a free photo editor for Windows

 

Finished Example:

 

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 5:

Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

 

Review Typing:

Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing. Review proper finger technique.

 

Assign Typing Practice:

Assign 25-30 minutes or until done with Dance Mat Typing.

 

Simple, free countdown timer.

Start it and project on the big screen / whiteboard for kids to see.

(Download, unzip, and run it, no install required, Windows)

Download: snap-timer-freeware.zip

 

Snap Timer Freeware

 

Typing Stage 7 Typing Stage 8 Typing Stage 9 Typing Stage 10

 

Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Students type with both hands, try to get a final score of 60 points or more.

Assign: Keyboard Climber 2. Students type with both hands. Finish level three.

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 5:

Session 2: Photo Editing - Funny Photo Layers

Digital Photo Editing | Enrichment

Students change the backgrounds of several images to make funny photos.

Students use the magic wand and eraser tools to remove backgrounds of images.

Students replace their removed background with a different background picture by layering the erased "see-through" image on top of a new background picture.

Students will also practice managing and renaming the files with descriptive names as well as inserting them into the "Funny Photo Layers" template.

 

Instructions:

1) Download the Funny Photo Layers images.

2) Choose 5 photos to edit. Delete their backgrounds.

3) Give each photo a new funny or interesting background.

4) Save each new funny photo with a new, descriptive names. Example: cat-blue-ray-background.png

5) Insert the 5 original images and the 5 edited pictures into the before and after photo editing template.

 

Download: funny-photo-layers-blank-template.docx

 

Download: funny-photo-layers-tutorial-1-page.pdf

 

Download: funny-photo-layers-images.zip (40+ pics)

 

Download: Paint.NET - a free photo editor for Windows

 

Finished Example and Blank Template:

Funny Photo Layers - Finished ExampleFunny Photo Layers Blank Template

 

Funny Photo Layers Tutorial and Funny Photos Pics:

Funny Photo Layers Tutorial Funny Photo Layers Pics

 

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 6:

Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

 

Review Typing:

Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing. Review proper finger technique.

 

Assign Typing Practice:

Assign 25-30 minutes or until done with Dance Mat Typing.

 

Simple, free countdown timer.

Start it and project on the big screen / whiteboard for kids to see.

(Download, unzip, and run it, no install required, Windows)

Download: snap-timer-freeware.zip

 

Snap Timer Freeware

 

Typing Stage 7 Typing Stage 8 Typing Stage 9 Typing Stage 10

 

Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Students type with both hands, try to get a final score of 60 points or more.

Assign: Keyboard Climber 2. Students type with both hands. Finish level three.

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 6:

Session 2: Digital Art - Cartoon a Face

Digital Photo Editing | Enrichment

Students will use the basic tools of a typical digital graphics program to create a cartoon face of themselves. The graphics program used here is Paint.NET. Students use a picture of themselves or they can use one of the included practice pictures to create their cartoon face.

 

Instructions:

1) Open a head shot picture of yourself in Paint.NET. Resize or crop as necessary.

2) Add a new layer on top of your original face picture.

3) Use the line tools to trace your face on the new layer.

4) Hide or remove the original face picture, showing only the tracing layer.

5) Color the face tracing areas using the bucket fill tool. Add details as necessary.

6) Save your work, then insert the finished graphic into a word processor and print.

 

Download: How to Cartoon a Face Tutorial.pdf

 

Download: 3 cartoon-a-face-practice-pics.zip (girl, boy, baby).

 

Download: Paint.NET - a free drawing program for Windows

 

Download: Simple Art Rubric for self assessment

 

3 Finished Examples and Step by Step Cartoon a Face Tutorial:

Cartoon a Face Examples Cartoon a Face Tutorial

Simple Art Rubric for Self Assessment

 

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 7:

Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

 

Review Typing:

Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing. Review proper finger technique.

 

Assign Typing Practice:

Assign 25-30 minutes or until done with Dance Mat Typing.

 

Simple, free countdown timer.

Start it and project on the big screen / whiteboard for kids to see.

(Download, unzip and run it, no install required, Windows)

Download: snap-timer-freeware.zip

 

Snap Timer Freeware

 

Typing Stage 7 Typing Stage 8 Typing Stage 9 Typing Stage 10

 

Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Students type with both hands, try to get a final score of 60 points or more.

Assign: Keyboard Climber 2. Students type with both hands. Finish level three.

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 7:

Session 2: Photo Editing - Wanted Poster

Digital Photo Editing | Enrichment

Students use the layers feature of a typical digital graphics program create their own "Wanted" poster. Students will also practice basic file management skills to open, modify, name, and save their work.

 

Instructions:

1) Open the headshot image in the photo editor.

2) Delete the image's background, then save the image as a .PNG file.

3) Open a blank "Wanted" poster background image.

4) Add your headshot layer on top of the "Wanted" background image.

5) Add some text "Wanted, Reward" and other details.

6) Save your work, then insert the finished graphic into a word processor and print.

 

Download: Wanted-Poster-Tutorial.pdf

 

Download: 2-wanted-poster-backgrounds-800px.jpgs

 

Download: Paint.NET - a free drawing program for Windows

 

Finished Example and Step by Step Wanted Poster Tutorial:

Wanted Poster Finished Example Wanted Poster Tutorial

 

Wanted Poster Background Examples:

Wanted Poster Background 1 Wanted Poster Background 2

 

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 8:

Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

 

Review Typing:

Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing. Review proper finger technique.

 

Assign Typing Practice:

Assign 25-30 minutes or until done with Dance Mat Typing.

 

Simple, free countdown timer.

Start it and project on the big screen / whiteboard for kids to see.

(Download, unzip, and run it, no install required, Windows)

Download: snap-timer-freeware.zip

 

Snap Timer Freeware

 

Typing Stage 7 Typing Stage 8 Typing Stage 9 Typing Stage 10

 

Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Students type with both hands, try to get a final score of 60 points or more.

Assign: Keyboard Climber 2. Students type with both hands. Finish level three.

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 8:

Session 2: Photo Editing - Andy Warhol Pop Art

Digital Photo Editing | Enrichment

Students use the layers feature of a typical digital graphics program create their own "Pop Art" poster. Students will also practice basic file management skills to open, modify, name, and save their work.

 

Instructions:

1) Open a new file and set the size to 800px x 800px.

2) Open your headshot picture as a layer (Import from file). Color your clothes and background with the bucket fill or paint brush.

3) Resize your colored picture to about 300px wide. Slide it to the top left corner.

4) Make a copy of your newly colored image.

5) Paste the copy into a new layer. Slide it to the top right. Change the Hue and Saturation.

6) Paste the copy into a new layer. Slide it to the bottom left. Change the Hue and Saturation.

7) Paste the copy into a new layer. Slide it to the bottom right. Change the Hue and Saturation.

8) Save your work, then insert the finished graphic into a word processor and print.

 

Download: warhol-pop-art-tutorial.pdf

 

Download: Paint.NET - a free drawing program for Windows

 

Finished Example and Step by Step Pop Art Tutorial:

Andy Warhol Pop Art Example - Sarah Warhol Pop Art Tutorial

 

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 9:

Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

 

Review Typing:

Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing. Review proper finger technique.

 

Assign Typing Practice:

Assign 25-30 minutes or until done with Dance Mat Typing.

 

Simple, free countdown timer.

Start it and project on the big screen / whiteboard for kids to see.

(Download, unzip, and run it, no install required, Windows)

Download: snap-timer-freeware.zip

 

Snap Timer Freeware

 

Typing Stage 7 Typing Stage 8 Typing Stage 9 Typing Stage 10

 

Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Students type with both hands, try to get a final score of 60 points or more.

Assign: Keyboard Climber 2. Students type with both hands. Finish level three.

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

QTR. 3 - Week 9:

Session 2: Digital Art - Pivot Stickfigure Animator

Digital Art | Enrichment

Students use a stick figure animator to create a "floating" stick figure.

 

Instructions:

 

Follow the online picture tutorial here:

 

Download: stick-figure-animation-I-can-float-tutorial.pdf

 

Download: Pivot Stick Figure Animator (Windows) V.3.1

No installation needed. Just download, unzip the file, then click pivot.exe to run it.

 

Download: Stykz Stick Figure Animator (Mac) V.1.0.2

 

 

Finished Example and Step by Step Tutorial:

I Can Float I Can Float Tutorial

 

 

Assign Enrichment: Students work on enrichment activities.

 

 


 

 

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