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Third Grade Technology Lessons - Qtr. 1

Touch Typing, Spreadsheets and Charts

Third Grade Technology Lessons focus on typing skills development and simple spreadsheets with charts (Qtr.1), coding and logic games, (Qtr.2), internet research (Qtr.3), and presentations (Qtr.4).

In the 1st Qtr, students focus on developing two hand homerow typing proficiency. Students also create basic spreadsheets with charts.

Students will learn spreadsheet vocabulary such as rows,columns, cells, data, values, and formulas. Spreadsheets may be created using a variety of spreadsheet applications from Microsoft, Google, Apple, or other similar programs.

Recommendations:

  • Typing Lessons: Focus on typing accuracy, proper finger placment, not speed. Speed will be acquired naturally over time in the future months and years of typing lessons. However, if you need a benchmark of Words Per Minute typed, then I use about 5 words per minute per grade level. That means third graders aim for typing about 15 words per minute on average.
  • File Distribution: Share assignment files using a cloud storage service, your school's learning management system, or a shared network drive on your school's internal network.
  • 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.

Third Grade Technology Lesson Schedule:

First Quarter - August ~ October

Third Grade Computer Lessons Qtr. 1

Main Topics Covered: Typing, Spreadsheets, Word Processing

9 Sessions = Typing with fingers on home row - no pecky typing

7 Sessions = Spreadsheets with charts

2 Sessions = Word Processing

Prerequisites: Internet access, spreadsheet program, word processor.

Week 1 - Qtr. 1 - Third Grade


Session 1:

Introductions | Lab Rules | Typing | Enrichment

Do Introductions: Introduction to the computer lab teacher, discuss what we will do in the lab. Spend time getting to know the students.

Review Computer Lab Rules: Discuss the rules of the computer lab

Computer Lab Rules

Review of Typing Stage 1: Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing stage one, level one or your school's preferred typing program. Review the homerow and proper finger technique.

Download: proper-keyboard-finger-placement-on-the-keyboard.pdf

Proper finger placement on the keyboard
  • Assign Typing Practice Stages 1-3
  • Assign 25-30 minutes or until done.

    Typing Stage 1 Typing Stage 2 Typing Stage 3
  • Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Try to get a final score of 60 points or more.
  • Assign: Keyboard Climber. Type with both hands. FINISH level two.
  • Type Rocket Jr. Typing Stage 3
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 1 - Qtr. 1 - Third Grade


Session 2:

Word Processing - "My Vacation" | Enrichment

Students use a fun graphic organizer to write about their vacation

My Vacation Graphic Organizer - Black My Vacation Graphic Organizer - Pink My Vacation Graphic Organizer - Purple My Vacation Graphic Organizer - Blue My Vacation Graphic Organizer - Black

My Vacation: Make the "My Vacation" templates available to the students. Demonstrate how to write in the editable text box. Download the "My Vacation Instructions."

  • Assign: "My Vacation" writing. Students write 100+ words about their vacation. Students will save / print their finished work.
  • Download: My Vacation - Instructions

    My Vacation - Instructions My Vacation - Example
  • Alternative Activities:
  • All About Me Acrostic All About Me Acrostic All About Me Pic Collage
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities when finished.

Week 2 - Qtr. 1 - Third Grade


Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

Review Typing: Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing or your school's preferred typing program. Review the homerow and proper finger technique.

  • Assign Typing Practice
  • Assign 25-30 minutes or until done.

    Typing Stage 1 Typing Stage 2 Typing Stage 3 Typing Stage 4
  • Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Try to get a final score of 60 points or more.
  • Assign: Keyboard Climber . Type with both hands. FINISH level three.
  • Type Rocket Jr. Typing Stage 3
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 2 - Qtr. 1 - Third Grade


Session 2:

Spreadsheet with Chart | Enrichment

Demo: Favorite Subject Spreadsheet and Chart

  • See a 25 second "First Chart" video tutorial here.
  • Demonstrate how to enter the title, text, and numbers into the spreadsheet.
  • Demonstrate how to create a chart with the data entered.
  • Demonstrate how to add images or clipart.
  • Assign: What is Your Favorite Subject?
  • Use the tally sheet to survey the class on their favorite subject. Students use the data collected to create their charts.

    What is Your Favorite Subject Favorite Subject Tally Sheet
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 3 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

Review Typing: Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing or your school's preferred typing program. Review the homerow and proper finger technique.

  • Assign Typing Practice
  • Assign 25-30 minutes or until done.

    Typing Stage 1 Typing Stage 2 Typing Stage 3 Typing Stage 4
  • Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Try to get a final score of 60 points or more.
  • Assign: Keyboard Climber . Type with both hands. FINISH level three.
  • Type Rocket Jr. Typing Stage 3
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 3 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 2:

Spreadsheet with Chart | Enrichment

Demo: Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Spreadsheet and Chart

  • See a 25 second "First Chart" video tutorial here.
  • Demonstrate how to enter the title, text, and numbers into the spreadsheet.
  • Demonstrate how to create a chart with the data entered.
  • Demonstrate how to add images or clipart.
  • Assign: What is Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
  • Use the tally sheet to survey the class on their favorite subject. Students use the data collected to create their charts.

    Favorite Ice Cream Spreadsheet and Chart Favorite Ice Cream Tally Sheet
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 4 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

Review Typing: Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing or your school's preferred typing program. Review the homerow and proper finger technique.

  • Assign Typing Practice
  • Assign 25-30 minutes or until done.

    Typing Stage 1 Typing Stage 2 Typing Stage 3 Typing Stage 4
  • Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Try to get a final score of 60 points or more.
  • Assign: Keyboard Climber . Type with both hands. FINISH level three.
  • Type Rocket Jr. Typing Stage 3
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 4 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 2:

Spreadsheet with Chart | Enrichment

Demo: Zoo Animals Spreadsheet and Chart

  • See a 25 second "First Chart" video tutorial here.
  • Demonstrate how to enter the title, text, and numbers into the spreadsheet.
  • Demonstrate how to create a chart with the data entered.
  • Demonstrate how to add images or clipart.
  • Assign: Zoo Animals Spreadsheet and Chart
  • Instructions: Students imagine they have a mini-zoo with several types of animals. Students use their Zoo Animals Handout to count how many mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, or amphibians they have. Students use their data to create their own spreadsheet and pie chart illustrating the number of each type of animals in their zoo.

    My Zoo Animals Zoo Animals Spreadsheet and Chart
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 5 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

Review Typing: Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing or your school's preferred typing program. Review the homerow and proper finger technique.

  • Assign Typing Practice
  • Assign 25-30 minutes or until done.

    Typing Stage 1 Typing Stage 2 Typing Stage 3 Typing Stage 4
  • Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Try to get a final score of 60 points or more.
  • Assign: Keyboard Climber . Type with both hands. FINISH level three.
  • Type Rocket Jr. Typing Stage 3
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 5 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 2:

Spreadsheet with Chart | Enrichment

Students create a spreadsheet and chart with fruits for a fruit stand.

Demo: Fruit Stand with Chart

  • See a 25 second "First Chart" video tutorial here.
  • Demonstrate how to enter the title, text, and numbers into the spreadsheet.
  • Demonstrate how to create a chart with the data entered.
  • Demonstrate how to add images or clipart.
  • Assign: Fruit Stand with Chart
  • Instructions: Students have decided to raise funds to help needy children pay for school supplies. They will make and sell fresh fruit juices and smoothies at the next important school event. Students choose at least 8 items from the Fruit Stand Shopping List for their fruit juice and smoothie creations.

    Fruit Stand Shopping List Fruit Stand Spreadsheet and Chart
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 6 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

Review Typing: Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing or your school's preferred typing program. Review the homerow and proper finger technique.

  • Assign Typing Practice
  • Assign 25-30 minutes or until done.

    Typing Stage 1 Typing Stage 2 Typing Stage 3 Typing Stage 4
  • Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Try to get a final score of 60 points or more.
  • Assign: Keyboard Climber . Type with both hands. FINISH level three.
  • Type Rocket Jr. Typing Stage 3
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 6 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 2:

Spreadsheet with Chart | Enrichment

Students create a spreadsheet and chart with fruits for a fruit stand.

    Demo: Bake Sale Spreadsheet

  • See a 25 second "First Chart" video tutorial here.
  • Demonstrate how to enter the title, text, and numbers into the spreadsheet.
  • Demonstrate how to create a chart with the data entered.
  • Demonstrate how to add images or clipart.
  • Assign: Bake Sale Spreadsheet with Chart
  • Instructions: Students are holding bake sales to raise money to purchase school supplies for needy children in their community. Students choose at least 8 different items from the "Baked Sale Goods" list to sell at their bake sale. Students enter their choices into a spreadsheet and create a chart with the data.

    Bake Sale Spreadsheet and Chart Bake Sale Goods List
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 7 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

Review Typing: Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing or your school's preferred typing program. Review the homerow and proper finger technique.

  • Assign Typing Practice
  • Assign 25-30 minutes or until done.

    Typing Stage 1 Typing Stage 2 Typing Stage 3 Typing Stage 4
  • Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Try to get a final score of 60 points or more.
  • Assign: Keyboard Climber . Type with both hands. FINISH level three.
  • Type Rocket Jr. Typing Stage 3
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 7 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 2:

Spreadsheet with Chart | Enrichment

Students create a spreadsheet and chart with party supplies.

Demo: Party Supplies Spreadsheet

  • See a 25 second "First Chart" video tutorial here.
  • Demonstrate how to enter the title, text, and numbers into the spreadsheet.
  • Demonstrate how to create a chart with the data entered.
  • Demonstrate how to add images or clipart.
  • Assign: Party Supplies Spreadsheet with Chart
  • Students: You are having a party and have invited several classmates, family members, and friends. You need to make a spreadsheet of all the fun party supplies you need for the party.

    Choose at least 8 different foods, drinks, and party gifts that you think your friends will enjoy.

    Party Supplies Spreadsheet and Chart Party Supplies List
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 8 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

Review Typing: Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing or your school's preferred typing program. Review the homerow and proper finger technique.

  • Assign Typing Practice
  • Assign 25-30 minutes or until done.

    Typing Stage 1 Typing Stage 2 Typing Stage 3 Typing Stage 4
  • Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Try to get a final score of 60 points or more.
  • Assign: Keyboard Climber . Type with both hands. FINISH level three.
  • Type Rocket Jr. Typing Stage 3
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 8 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 2:

Spreadsheet with Chart | Enrichment

Students create a spreadsheet and chart with Halloween costumes.

Demo: Costume Donations Spreadsheet

  • See a 25 second "First Chart" video tutorial here.
  • Demonstrate how to enter the title, text, and numbers into the spreadsheet.
  • Demonstrate how to create a chart with the data entered.
  • Demonstrate how to add images or clipart.
  • Assign: Halloween Costumes Spreadsheet with Chart
  • Instructions: Students at your school have convinced a major Halloween costume company.to donate a variety of costumes for needy children in their community. Choose 8 or more types of costumes from the Halloween Costume List to donate to the children. Add your costume choices and the quantities into a spreadsheet.Use your information to create a bar or column chart.

    Halloween Costumes Spreadsheet and Chart Halloween Costumes Spreadsheet and Chart
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 9 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 1:

Typing | Enrichment

Review Typing: Demonstrate how to use Dance Mat Typing or your school's preferred typing program. Review the homerow and proper finger technique.

  • Assign Typing Practice
  • Assign 25-30 minutes or until done.

    Typing Stage 1 Typing Stage 2 Typing Stage 3 Typing Stage 4
  • Assign 3 Minutes of: Typing Rocket Jr. Try to get a final score of 60 points or more.
  • Assign: Keyboard Climber . Type with both hands. FINISH level three.
  • Type Rocket Jr. Typing Stage 3
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.

Week 9 - Qtr. 1: Third Grade


Session 2:

Word Processing | Enrichment

Students write a fun poem with a Halloween poem generator

Demo: Halloween Pumpkin Poem Generator

Halloween Pumpkin Personification Poem Generator
  • Demonstrate how to enter text into the poem generator.
  • Demo how to generate the poem.
  • Demo how to copy and paste the generated poem into a word processor.
  • Assign: Halloween Pumpkin Poem Generator
  • Students: Write your poem then copy and paste the generated poem into a word processor. Format the font size and style, add a border and clipart, add your name and print the poem.

    Halloween Poem
  • Assign Enrichment - Students work on these enrichment activities after typing.