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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 emphasize a strong focus on typing and word processing throughout the year. First graders will also expand their skills with an introduction to PowerPoint, explore their creativity with the KidPix paint program, graduate to a touch typing program, learn to use the media player and web browser, and learn to use Pivot stick figure animation program. First Graders will also use the iPad to explore a variety of learning apps.

 

 

Technology Programs First Graders Use:

Kindergarten Tech Lessons Microsoft Word for writing words, sentences, short paragraphs and letters.
Kindergarten typing in the computer lab Type to Learn Jr. - To practice typing the alphabet, numbers, punctuation, uppercase letters, and sentences.
Computer lab lessons for first graders Type to Learn - Typing practice with emphasis on using proper hand and finger placement on the keyboard. Develops typing accuracy and speed.
Kidpix in the computer lab Kid Pix - The classic and still the one of the best computer art programs for kids to explore and express their creative side.
PowerPoint lessons for first graders Microsoft Power point - Presentation software for viewing and creating sideshows.
Kindergarten computer activities using the internet Internet Explorer - To use fun learning sites like ABCya and Star fall.
Computer Lab lessons for first graders Pivot Pivot Stick Figure Animator - A simple and fun animation program that children love.
computer lab lessons first grade media player Microsoft Media Player - For viewing and listening to video and audio files.
jumpstart first grade for the computer lab Jumpstart 1st Grade -Teaches: reading, math, spelling, phonics, time, grammar, money.

 

First Grade Technology Lesson Schedule:


Late August - Early September

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.


October

Jumpstart First Grade Introduction (1-2 sessions) Use of this program is ongoing and review is given as needed.

Computer Lab lesson jumpstart first grade 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 multiple sessions through November.

Kindergarten typing in the computer labType 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 (multiple sessions)

Kindergarten Tech Lessons 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.


December

Microsoft Word (1-3) sessions. Winter Break "Happy Holidays" letter to family.

Kindergarten Tech LessonsSession 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 )

computer lab lessons first grade media player 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)

PowerPoint lessons for first graders 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

Computer lab lessons for first graders 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)

Kindergarten Tech Lessons 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.

 


March

Microsoft Word (4-5 sessions)

Kindergarten Tech Lessons 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.

 


April

PowerPoint (1-2 sessions)

PowerPoint lessons for first graders 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)

Kindergarten Tech Lessons 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.


May

Microsoft Word (1) session

Kindergarten Tech Lessons Happy Mother's Day Letters

 

Pivot (2-3) sessions

Computer Lab lessons for first graders Pivot 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 in the computer lab 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.

 


June

Free time (1-2) sessions

Kindergarten computer activities using the internetPlay lab learning games or programs, internet learning games, etc.

 

Microsoft Word (1-2) sessions

Kindergarten Tech Lessons 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

 

Word

First Grade Writing Mastery Series

Writing Mastery Series Home

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

Common Core Opinion Writing Graphic Organizer

My Ouch Story

Clouds and Rain - Writing and Clipart Practice

My Vacation

Happy Thanksgiving Letter

Happy Holidays Greeting

Happy Valentine's Day Letter

Happy Spring Break Letter

Happy Mother's Day Letter

I Have a Dream

Keep Trying - Hare and Tortoise -

Keep Trying - Way of the Ant -

Matthew and Tilly - Punctuation Practice -

Narrative Writing - My Friend

Seasons of the Year (clipart)

 

Cut and Paste, Copy and Paste Practice

Copy and Paste - Animals

Copy and Paste - Living Things

Copy and Paste - Lady Bug Math

Copy and Paste -Push and Pull

Copy and Paste - Nemo

Cut and Paste - Animal Vocabulary

Cut and Paste Practice

Cut and Paste - Weather Words

Copy and Paste Time - Hours

Cut and Paste - Positional Words

 

PowerPoint

Weather Slide (Earth Science)

Habitats Slide (Life Science)

Frog Life Cycle - (More pictures) (Life Science)

Butterfly Life Cycle (More Pictures) (Life Science)

 

Graphics

Label Your Five Senses (Mac)

Label Your Five Senses (Windows)

Labeling Parts of Plants ( Windows )

Labeling Parts of Plants ( Mac )

Water Cycle Illustration

 

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Lesson Plan Collection

 

Related Content using iPads

Common Core Opinion Writing Template

Common Core Narrative - Get Ready

Common Core Informative - All About Me

Common Core Informative - Puppies Grow

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