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First Grade Computer Lesson Plans - Qtr. 4

Typing Practice, Intro Research, Word Processing

First Grade technology lessons emphasize a strong focus on typing and word processing throughout the year.

 

In Qtr. 4, first graders continue developing keyboard skills. Students will practice typing home row keys, all previous lesson keys, as well as adding new keys. Students will practice introductory online research by learning to find appropriate images to illustrate their word processing documents. Students will also strengthen their word processing skills with assignments that include learning how to add, delete, resize, and position multiple images in typed documents. These skills are foundational for creating multimedia presentations going forward.

 

 

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.

 

Image 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.

 

First Grade Technology Lesson Schedule:


 

Fourth Quarter - March / April ~ May / June

First Grade Computer Lessons - Qtr. 4

 

Main Topics Covered: Typing Stage 4, Image Search, + Word Processing (writing and illustrating ideas)

 

9 Sessions = (Typing homerow, all previous letters, plus T and Y )

 

9 Sessions = (Finding and using appropriate online images to illustrate written ideas)

 

Prerequisites: Internet access, Word Processor

 

 

 

Qtr. 4 - 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 9 Typing Stage 10 Typing Stage 11 Typing Stage 12

 

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

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities after typing.

 

 


Session 2:

Demo Online Image Search- Demonstrate how to search for images online. Demonstrate how to copy and then paste the image into a word processor. Demo how to move and resize images. Demo how to use "text wrapping" (MS Word) to position images around text.

 

Option 1 - Assign Writing: "I Eat Healthy Fruits" Students write about three fruits they eat and add one picture for each piece of fruit.

 

Option 2 - Assign Writing: Sentence Stretching

Students use the graphic organizer to expand a short sentence by adding information about who, what , when, where, and why.

 

I Eat Healthy Fruits Sentence Stretching Graphic Organizer

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities when finished.

 

 

Qtr. 4 - 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 9 Typing Stage 10 Typing Stage 11 Typing Stage 12

 

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

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities after typing.

 

 


Session 2:

Review Online Image Search- Review how to search for images online. Demonstrate how to copy and then paste the image into a word processor. Demo how to move and resize images. Demo how to use "text wrapping" (MS Word) to position images around text.

 

Option 1 - Assign Writing: "5 Snacks I Like" Students write about 5 snacks they like and add one picture for each snack.

 

Option 2 - Assign Writing: Sentence Stretching

Students use the graphic organizer to expand a short sentence by adding information about who, what , when, where, and why.

 

5 Snacks I Like Sentence Stretcher - Graphic Organizer

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities when finished.

 

 

Qtr. 4 - 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 9 Typing Stage 10 Typing Stage 11 Typing Stage 12

 

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

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities after typing.

 

 


Session 2:

Review Online Image Search- Review how to search for images online. Demonstrate how to copy and then paste the image into a word processor. Demo how to move and resize images. Demo how to use "text wrapping" (MS Word) to position images around text.

 

Option 1 - Assign Writing: "5 Birds I Like" Students write about 5 birds they like and add one picture for each bird.

 

Option 2 - Assign Writing: Sentence Stretching

Students use the graphic organizer to expand a short sentence by adding information about who, what , when, where, and why.

 

5 Birds I Like Sentence Stretcher - Graphic Organizer

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities when finished.

 

 

Qtr. 4 - 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 9 Typing Stage 10 Typing Stage 11 Typing Stage 12

 

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

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities after typing.

 

 


Session 2:

Review Online Image Search- Review how to search for images online. Demonstrate how to copy and then paste the image into a word processor. Demo how to move and resize images. Demo how to use "text wrapping" (MS Word) to position images around text.

 

Option 1 - Assign Writing: "5 Insects of Summer" Students write 5 insects of summer and add one picture for each insect.

 

Option 2 - Assign Writing: Sentence Stretching

Students use the graphic organizer to expand a short sentence by adding information about who, what , when, where, and why.

 

5 Insects of Summer Sentence Stretcher - Graphic Organizer

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities when finished.

 

 

Qtr. 4 - 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 9 Typing Stage 10 Typing Stage 11 Typing Stage 12

 

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

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities after typing.

 

 


Session 2:

Review Online Image Search- Review how to search for images online. Demonstrate how to copy and then paste the image into a word processor. Demo how to move and resize images. Demo how to use "text wrapping" (MS Word) to position images around text.

 

Option 1 - Assign Writing: "5 Toys I Like" Students write about 5 toys they like and add one picture for each toy.

 

Option 2 - Assign Writing: Sentence Stretching

Students use the graphic organizer to expand a short sentence by adding information about who, what , when, where, and why.

 

5 Toys I  Like Sentence Stretcher - Graphic Organizer

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities when finished.

 

 

Qtr. 4 - 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 9 Typing Stage 10 Typing Stage 11 Typing Stage 12

 

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

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities after typing.

 

 


Session 2:

Review Online Image Search- Review how to search for images online. Demonstrate how to copy and then paste the image into a word processor. Demo how to move and resize images. Demo how to use "text wrapping" (MS Word) to position images around text.

 

Option 1 - Assign Writing: "5 Awesome Reptiles" Students write about five awesome reptiles and add one picture for each reptile.

 

Option 2 - Assign Writing: Sentence Stretching

Students use the graphic organizer to expand a short sentence by adding information about who, what , when, where, and why.

 

5 Awesome Reptiles Sentence Stretcher - Graphic Organizer

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities when finished.

 

 

Qtr. 4 - 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 9 Typing Stage 10 Typing Stage 11 Typing Stage 12

 

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

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities after typing.

 

 


Session 2:

Review Online Image Search- Review how to search for images online. Demonstrate how to copy and then paste the image into a word processor. Demo how to move and resize images. Demo how to use "text wrapping" (MS Word) to position images around text.

 

Option 1 - Assign Writing: "5 Vegetables I Eat" Students write about five vegetables they eat and add one picture for each vegetable.

 

Option 2 - Assign Writing: Sentence Stretching

Students use the graphic organizer to expand a short sentence by adding information about who, what , when, where, and why.

 

5 Vegetables I Eat Sentence Stretcher - Graphic Organizer

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities when finished.

 

 

Qtr. 4 - 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 9 Typing Stage 10 Typing Stage 11 Typing Stage 12

 

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

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities after typing.

 

 


Session 2:

Review Online Image Search- Review how to search for images online. Demonstrate how to copy and then paste the image into a word processor. Demo how to move and resize images. Demo how to use "text wrapping" (MS Word) to position images around text.

 

Option 1 - Assign Writing: "5 Amazing Sea Creatures" Students write about 5 amazing sea creatures and add one picture for each creature.

 

Option 2 - Assign Writing: Sentence Stretching

Students use the graphic organizer to expand a short sentence by adding information about who, what , when, where, and why.

 

Option 3 - Assign Writing: "Way of the Ant" Each student uses their own name in the story. Students search for context appropriate clipart to insert into their sentences.

 

5 Amazing Sea Creatures Sentence Stretcher - Graphic Organizer

 

Way of the Ant

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities when finished.

 

 

Qtr. 4 - 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 9 Typing Stage 10 Typing Stage 11 Typing Stage 12

 

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

 

More Typing Practice Here:

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities after typing.

 

 


Session 2:

Review Online Image Search- Review how to search for images online. Demonstrate how to copy and then paste the image into a word processor. Demo how to move and resize images. Demo how to use "text wrapping" (MS Word) to position images around text.

 

Option 1 - Assign Writing: "5 Dogs I Like" Students write about 5 dogs they like t and add one picture for each dog.

 

Option 2 - Assign Writing: Sentence Stretching

Students use the graphic organizer to expand a short sentence by adding information about who, what , when, where, and why.

 

Option 3 - Assign Writing: "Hare and Tortoise" Each student uses their own name in the story. Students search for context appropriate clipart to insert into their sentences.

 

5 Dogs I Like Sentence Stretcher - Graphic Organizer

 

Hare and Tortoise

 

 

Assign Enrichment - Students work on enrichment activities when finished.

 

 


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