This Month in the Computer Lab
Lessons in AUGUST:
Rules of behavior, review of computer names and parts. Students practice holding and using the mouse.
Week 1 (Holding and moving the mouse for K5):
http://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/mousercise.htm Students practice 1.) moving the mouse 2.) clicking with the mouse 3.) moving scroll bars 4.) using pop-up windows 5.) typing their name for a view-only certificate
https://www.abcmouse.com/email/mouse-and-pointer Students get practice 1.) holding a mouse and moving the pointer 2.) clicking with the left-side button 3.) clicking and dragging shapes.
https://www.tvokids.com/preschool/games/caterpillar-count Simple practice for holding and moving a mouse! Students move the mouse to a make a caterpillar grow longer. Clicking skills are required for restarting the game.
Week 2 Learning.com and Keyboard Challenge for 1st and 2nd grade (Simple clicking/ Clicking and Dragging for K5):
https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/computerbasics/basic-parts-of-a-computer/1/ Video length is 2:08. Brief intro to parts of a computer (Tower case vs. desktop case, LED monitor with video card, traditional keyboard vs. ergonomic, optical mouse vs. trackball)
https://www.tvokids.com/preschool/games/letter-tree-abc Excellent practice for clicking! Students choose an answer, click on the letter, and click on a tree to restart.
https://www.tvokids.com/preschool/games/animal-where Excellent practice for clicking and dragging skills. Students will click and drag an animal to its correct location and click again to release it.
Additional sites for mouse skills:http://toytheater.com/feed-freddy/ Students practice clicking and dragging. Students can choose to match letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and patterns.Keyboard Practice
http://www.abcya.com/keyboarding_practice.htm Great for beginners! 2 Game Modes: Letter Name or Letter Sounds. Students type each letter of the alphabet repeatedly. At the end of the practice they will hear either the letter name or the letter sound before they move on to the next letter.
http://toytheater.com/type/ A simple site to practice typing with the option to change the size, font style, and color.