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Type:Lesson

Estimated Time:11 minutes

Grades:2-5

Score Type:Automatically Graded

Work completed by a student will be automatically graded and the grade will be sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook

Available Language: English


Vocabulary: capital letters, finger placement, key, keyboard, keyboarding, letters, lower row keys, number row keys, numbers, posture, punctuation, reach keys, symbols


Primary Objectives:

  • Student learns proper posture for keyboarding.
  • Student learns to identify touch keys.
  • Student understands reach keys.
  • Student learns to type basic punctuation.
  • Student learns to type home row keys.
  • Student learns to type numbers in combination with letters.
  • Student learns to type capital letters and symbols using the Shift key.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student learns and practices using technology for real-world application.

Subjects:

Ergonomics 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Ergonomics 

Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard, Remote Control, etc 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard, Remote Control, etc 

Keyboard Use / Input, Output Devices / Proficiency of use

Science > History / Technology / Social Perspectives > Computer Science > Computer skills > Keyboard Use / Input, Output Devices / Proficiency of use

Keyboarding 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Keyboarding 

Listening / Pay Attention

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention
  • It might be helpful to post a diagram of a keyboard where students can view it. For this lesson, label the Shift and symbol keys.

  • In this lesson, fingers are numbered to help describe to students which finger to use to type letters. The numbering is from 1 through 4, with Finger 1 being the index finger, Finger 2 the middle finger, Finger 3 the ring finger, and Finger 4 the little finger.

  • You might want to spend time watching students type and encourage them to use correct keyboarding finger placement and posture. While the hunt-and-peck method might seem faster to students at this point, remind them that in the long run, they'll be able to type much faster if they learn proper typing techniques.

  • In the You vs. Kangaroo game at the end of the lesson, students are rewarded with Australian-themed prizes, such as didgeridoos, sport boomerangs, freshwater crocodiles, cork hats, and Waltzing Matilda music boxes. If students do not beat the kangaroo, they receive Vegemite and butter sandwiches, shark-bitten surfboards, and stolen Emu eggs. Each prize is accompanied by a picture and a short description or fact about the item.

  • Students must type 70% of the letters correctly in each exercise to earn a point. Further, students earn 1 point if they beat the kangaroo at the end of the lesson. Students should take the lesson more than once to strengthen their keyboarding proficiency.

  • Because typing capital letters and symbols can be more challenging than standard typing, students are granted slightly longer time spans to beat the kangaroo in this lesson compared to earlier keyboarding lessons.

  • You might want to have the class work together to create typing exercises for themselves. To do this, write some of the main symbols on the board. Then have the class work together to create sentences, paragraphs, or a group-created mini-stories that use capital letters, numbers, and symbols. Write the sentences, paragraphs, or stories on the board. After the class discussion, have students type some symbols and the text they created into a word processing document to create a practice sheet. Students should then print their practice sheets and save copies in a folder along with any other practice sheets they created. Practice sheets can be combined to form individual or class typing practice books. This practice sheet should be the last page in typing practice book, so students should staple or otherwise bind the practice pages to complete their typing practice book.
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