This Month in the Computer Lab
Lessons in April:Keyboarding Practice:http://www.abcya.com/keyboarding_practice_2.htm Ideal for kindergarten. Site gives students practice in typing lowercase letters, uppercase letters, periods, and finally short sentences! The site aids students in finding the "shift key". Letters are in random order which builds interest, but the pace may be slow for some.http://toytheater.com/type/ A simple site to practice typing with the option to change the size, font style, and color.Mouse Practice:Recognizing and Completing Patterns:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBjjxSx45-Q Video length is 2:30. Mini-intro to the concept of patterns. Has ads.http://www.abcya.com/patterns.htm Students select the correct color to complete the pattern. Basic clicking and dragging skills required.http://www.abcya.com/fuzz_bugs_patterns.htm This site requires mastery of clicking and dragging skills. Students select the fuzz bug(s) that complete the pattern.Arthttp://www.toytheater.com/spin.php Students create an image and spin it. No easy option to printhttps://pbskids.org/peg/games/symmetry-painter Fun, easy options to personalize artwork. Students can choose a pattern of symmetry, stickers, stamps, and colors. No easy option to print.Internet Safety:https://www.netsmartzkids.org/?epik=dj0yJnU9eW1wY3p3Y295MWV5ZXZEd0Z1QnB0TVpVNnZldVVrQlMmbj1Zay1LbXUzS01VZHV1Qi1QMms1LV93Jm09MyZ0PUFBQUFBRnlUQ0dZ Video length: 3:26. Video of the Month from NetSmartKids to review 4 rules of internet safety.Building with Shapes:https://pbskids.org/peg/games/super-peg Superhero-themed story invites students to fix trouble spots in the city. Students click and drag shapes to fit a puzzle; afterward they can decorate with select pieces.
http://toytheater.com/pieces/ Students select shapes and arrange them to fit inside of a puzzle. The puzzles progressively get complex.
http://www.mathplayground.com/tangrams.html A more challenging tangram. Students drag shapes AND rotate them to fit into a puzzle.
Just for fun....Choose any activity!Wed: Crazy Hair Day! Video length is 3:25 https://vimeo.com/19022263