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Kinder Tech Lesson Plans - Qtr. 1

Mouse and Typing Skills Development

The main focus of these 9 weekly computer lessons is to introduce and improve beginning mouse and keyboarding skills using free educational online resources. The selected learning games target math and reading skills.

Teacher introduces and models activities, then provides guided / assisted practice sessions.

Students will consistently and regularly type the alphabet A-Z to develop letter recognition and basic keyboard literacy.

Students will also develop mouse skills such as pointing, clicking, double clicking, and dragging while practicing counting, as well as matching shapes and colors.

Suitable for one or two 30-45 minute sessions weekly. Typically, activities are short to medium duration of a few minutes to several minutes each.

Pro Tip: While learning the keyboard, students may ask where certain letters are. Just tell them the letter it's next to or near. They'll find it.

Expect activity times to vary according to individual student readiness. Add, subtract, or repeat activities as needed.

During this first quarter, be prepared to provide plenty of hands-on support assisting students and reinforcing basic mouse skills and letter recognition while typing.

Kinder Tech Lessons - Recommendations, Qtr. 1:

There may be more material here that can be covered in the time allotted. If that is the case, prioritize the skills and activities most important for your students' needs.

Consider making keyboard skills a weekly priority, as this is the foundation for word processing and presentation skills going forward.

If you need additional material, repeat prioritized material for gaining skill mastery or supplement with the enrichment activities at the bottom of this page.

Be patient. Since these activities are online, students need browser skills, mouse skills, and keyboard skills. Be prepared to provide plenty of demonstrations, guided practice, repetition, and assistance.

These activities are linked to third party sites. The links here may be from ABCya.com, starfall.com, pbskids.org, sesamestreet.org, and others. You can check these sites out on your own and find many additional activities for your students.

Be Prepared:

  1. Make this page available to students. You might use a shortcut on the desktop or in a shared Dropbox or network folder. You could add a link from here to your school or personal website for students to access from home.

  2. Know how to play each learning game in advance. Model and demo game play for students. Test each week's activity links prior to each class to avoid surprises. Be prepared with alternate online and offline activities.

  3. Be prepared to switch browsers. It can be helpful when a particular website is not displaying correctly on your chosen browser. Switching to an alternate browser (Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc.) may solve the problem. Many kid's games use Adobe Flash. Be sure to enable flash on the student's browsers.

  4. Supplement with offline activities such as word processing and digital drawing / painting. As students gain typing proficiency, add word processing to write numbers, words, letters, and sentences. Learn to draw fun and wacky things using simple shapes with Ed Emberly books.

Teaching Plan - First 9 Weeks: Kindergarten

1st Week Qtr 1

  1. Do: Introductions
  2. Review computer lab rules
  3. Model: how to hold and click the mouse
  4. Demo: use of desktop icons to open programs or internet
  5. Students do Mouse Practice (get good at every game)

2nd Week Qtr 1

  1. Teach: Computer parts names Monitor, keyboard, mouse, CPU.
  2. Review: How to hold and click the mouse and open internet.
  3. Intro: ABCya Typing Keyboard Zoo
  4. Students do Mouse Practice. (get good at every game)

3rd Week Qtr 1

  1. Teach: browser skills: open, minimize, maximize, scroll, forward, back, close.
  2. ABCya Typing Keyboard Zoo. Students do A-Z or best effort.
  3. Students do Mouse Practice. (get good at every game)
  4. Review computer parts names.

4th Week Qtr 1

  1. You demo, students do: ABCya Numbers 1-10 counting and mouse practice.
  2. ABCya Typing Keyboard Zoo. Students do A-Z or best effort
  3. Make a Word - Short "a" sounds. "an"
  4. Students do Mouse Practice. (get good at every game)

5th Week Qtr 1

  1. ABCya Typing Keyboard Zoo Students do A-Z
  2. ABCya - Numbers 1-10 connect the dots (counting and mouse practice)
  3. Make a Word - Short "a" sounds, "at".
  4. Students do Mouse Practice. (get good at every game)

6th Week Qtr 1

  1. You demo, students do: Bees and Honey (mouse practice)
  2. ABCya Typing Keyboard Zoo. Students do A-Z
  3. ABCya - Numbers 1-10
  4. ABCya - Numbers 1-20
  5. Students do Mouse Practice. (get good at every game)

7th Week Qtr 1

  1. You Demo: PBSKIDS 3-2-1 Snack (counting and clicking)
  2. ABCya Typing Keyboard Zoo. Students do A-Z
  3. Bees and Honey (mouse practice)
  4. ABCya - Numbers 1-20 (counting and mouse practice)
  5. Students do Mouse Practice.

8th Week Qtr 1

  1. ABCya Typing Keyboard Zoo. Students do A-Z.
  2. Bees and Honey (mouse practice)
  3. PBSKIDS 3-2-1 Snack (counting and clicking)
  4. ABCya Numbers 11-30 (counting and mouse practice)
  5. Students do Mouse Practice.

9th Week Qtr 1

  1. You Demo: Bubble Puppy (shape and color matchng) (Kids do: after typing)
  2. ABCya Typing Keyboard Zoo. Students do A-Z.
  3. Bubble Puppy
  4. PBSKIDS 3-2-1 Snack (counting and clicking)
  5. ABCya Numbers 11-30 (counting and mouse practice)
  6. Mouse Practice.

Quarter 1 - Activity Links for Students:

Make a link to this page available to students. Find the week you need to teach. Tell / show the students which color coded activity set to do. For example: Week 4 would be the "Blue Activities". Students click an activity to work on. Students click the browser's "Back" button when finished with the activity to return to this page.

Download: how-to-hold-the-mouse.pdf

How to Hold the Mouse

Quarter 1 - Week 1 - Kinder

Mouse Practice

Quarter 1 - Week 2 - Kinder

Mouse Practice Keyboard Zoo

Quarter 1 - Week 3 - Kinder

Keyboard Zoo Mouse Practice How we Read and Write

Quarter 1 - Week 4 - Kinder

Keyboard Zoo 1-10 Connect the Dots Make a Word - Short "a" sounds Mouse Practice

Quarter 1 - Week 5 - Kinder

Keyboard Zoo 1-10 Connect the Dots Make a Word - Short "a" Mouse Practice

Quarter 1 - Week 6 - Kinder

Keyboard Zoo Bees and Honey 1-10 Connect the Dots Mouse Practice

Quarter 1 - Week 7 - Kinder

Keyboard Zoo 3-2-1 Snack Counting and Mouse Practice Bees and Honey Mouse Practice

Quarter 1 - Week 8 - Kinder

Quarter 1 - Week 9 - Kinder

Keyboard Zoo Bubble Puppy - Shape and Color Matching 3-2-1 Snack Counting and Mouse Practice 1-20 Connect the Dots 11-30 Connect the Dots Mouse Practice

Quarter 1 - Enrichment Activities

Road Rally - Strategy, Arrow Keys, Spacebar Alphabetical Order Letter Match - Upper Case and Lowercase Letters Spelling Pratice Learning Coins Numerical Order