First Grade Technology Lessons
First Grade technology lessons to learn to type, write letters, use a media player, paint, animate and more.
First Grade technology lessons include an introduction to PowerPoint, exploring creativity with the KidPix paint program, graduating to a touch typing program, learning to use the media player, the web browser, and learning to use Pivot stick figure animation program. A strong foucs on typing and word processing is emphasized throughout the year.
Technology Programs First Graders Use:
First Grade Technology Lesson Schedule:
Late September - Early October
Introduction - Rules of the Computer Lab - Computer Parts Names (1 session)
Introduction to the computer lab teacher, discuss what we will do in the lab. Talk about rules of the computer lab, talk about how to sit in the chairs, raising hand to go to the bathroom, taking a buddy with you to the bathroom, washing hands before returning from bathroom. Discuss keeping hands to oneself, no running in the lab, keeping fingers out of mouth and nose. Following the same rules as in the regular classroom . Briefly review the names of the main computer parts such as monitor, keyboard, mouse, CPU.
Jumpstart First Grade Introduction (1-2 sessions) Use of this program is ongoing and review is given as needed.
Introduce Jumpstart First Grade. Demonstrate how to open the program, how to enter the students' name, usage of backspace to fix mistakes, and basics of game play. Also demonstrate how to exit the game.
October - November
Type to Learn Jr. Practice (4-5) sessions through November.
Type to Learn Jr. - Introduce / review the program and characters Shelby and Max. Demonstrate how to enter the students' name, use of backspace to fix mistakes. Explain and demo how to type the alphabet using both hands, using the red keys for left hand and purple keys for the right hand. Students should work towards typing through all sections to earn completion certificates consistently. Emphasize typing with both hands, walk around class during sessions and reinforce two hand typing with gentle reminders.
Microsoft Word (2 sessions)
Session 1 -Review the program and review it's usage for word processing. Review how to open and close the program. Demonstrate backspace, enter, shift undo keys. Write several sentences using spelling words, change font size, font style and add shapes. Children learn to print and save documents.
Session 2- Write Happy Thanksgiving letter utilizing font size and style changes. Add shapes / clip art and page border. Print and save.
Microsoft Word (1-3) sessions Winter Break "Happy Holidays" letter to family.
Session 1 Write on the topic "Our Neighborhood at Work". Print.
Session 2 - Write several sentences using spelling words, change font size, font style and add shapes. Print and save.
Session3- Write Happy Holiday letter utilizing font size and style changes. Add shapes / clip art and page border. Print and save.
January - February
Media Player (2 sessions )
Session 1 January - Watch weather videos collected for Open Court weather unit.
Session 2 February - Watch journeys videos collected for Open Court weather unit. Introduce media player program interface. Explain how to navigate to media files on the server or My Videos folder as needed. Demonstrate play / pause / stop / volume / full screen controls. Explain media player volume and system volume controls.
Microsoft Power Point (1 session combined with session 1 weather videos above)
January Show Lightning Power Point show created for Open Court weather unit. Introduce program interface. Explain how to navigate to power point file(s). Watch this slide show in the same session as the weather videos.
Type to Learn (4-5) sessions
Type to Learn - Introduce login and interface. Discuss proper finger placement on the home position. Demonstrate warm up exercise and first lesson. Discuss typing accuracy measurements and progress bar. Utilize projector and document camera if possible to project keyboard and proper finger placement while typing. Walk around class during typing session to reinforce two hand typing and finger placement. Work towards completion of lessons 1 and 2.
Microsoft Word (1 session)
Happy Valentine's Day letter. Utilize font size, font style, shapes / clip art, page borders. Size to fit and fill a single page. Print and save.
Microsoft Word (4-5 sessions)
Open Court Keep Trying Unit - 1) Itsy Bitsy Spider 2) The Kite 3) Way of an Ant 4) Fox and Grapes 5) Hare and Tortoise. Students will practice writing, inserting clip art, formatting text and printing and saving in each session.
PowerPoint (1-2 sessions)
Frog Lifecycle - Create a single slide showing the life cycle of a frog. Eggs > tadpole > tadpole with legs > froglet > adult frog. Print out for coloring. Save work and continue on session 2 as necessary.
Microsoft Word (2 sessions)
Session 1- Happy Spring Break letter. Utilize font size, font style formatting to fit entire page, add clip art, page borders. Print and save.
Session 2- Matthew and Tilly punctuation practice. Print and save.
Microsoft Word (1) session
Pivot (2-3) sessions
Session 1 - Introduce program interface. Demonstrate basic animation movements using the basic stick figure. How to add a copy of a figure and color it.
Session 2 - Review interface. Demonstrate buttons for changing stick size, flipping, Slowing down action for more realism.
Session 3 - How to add extra figures; girl, skateboards, ramps, vehicles, etc. How to save files.
Kid Pix (1) session
KidPix - How to use the recording feature to narrate a picture. Have the kids draw a picture of their family and then describe the members using a microphone. Save.
Free time (1-2) sessions
Play lab learning games or programs, internet learning games, etc.
Microsoft Word (1-2) sessions
Session 1- Write thank you letters to their teachers. Utilize font size, font style formatting to fit entire page, add clip art, page borders. Print and save. Give to teacher.
Session 2 - Happy Father's Day Letter. Utilize font size, font style formatting to fit entire page, add clip art, page borders. Print and save.
First Grade Technology Assignments
First Grade Writing Mastery Series
Writing Lesson #1 - What Can Birds Do?
Writing Lesson #2 - How Do Cats Grow?
Writing Lesson #3 - I like Cats for 2 Reasons.
Writing Lesson #4 - I like Dogs for 3 Reasons.
Writing Lesson #5 - Party Invitation
Writing Lesson #6 - I like School for 4 Reasons.
Writing Lesson #7 - The Kite.
Writing Lesson # 8 - Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Writing Lesson #9 - Fox and the Grapes.
Additional Writing Practice
Clouds and Rain - Writing and Clipart Practice
Cut and Paste, Copy and Paste Practice
Copy and Paste Time - Hours
Weather Slide (Earth Science)
Habitats Slide (Life Science)
Martin Luther King Jr.