This Month in the Computer Lab
Lessons in December:Coding Basics:
https://santatracker.google.com/codelab.html Students play a game and create code in the process. The program starts with students linking 2 or 3 puzzle pieces. At Level 3, students help an elf get to a present using compass directions (north, south, east, and west) and advance through various levels (up to Level 10).Practice with a Mouse and Art Tools:https://pbskids.org/peg/games/paint-a-long PBS Kids' "Paint-A-Long" gives students 3 options: 1. draw a shape, 2. draw a character, 3. draw anything. With "draw a shape", students practice in choosing a color and get reminders about characteristics of basic shapes. "Draw a character" is a guided activity in which students are instructed, step-by-step, to draw and add a shape.Keyboarding Practice:https://www.kidztype.com/dance-mat-typing-level-1-stage-2_ab2b3c487.html Dance mat typing practice for 2nd grade: the home row, the space bar, and letters E and I. Within Stage 2, there are 16 levels for practice (letters and words in the homerow).https://www.kidztype.com/dance-mat-typing-level-1-stage-1_f1117a537.html Dance mat typing practice for 1st grade: only the home row and the space bar. Within Stage 1, there are 16 levels for practice (letters and words in the homerow).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.https://www.digipuzzle.net/christmas/cartoons/puzzles/crossword_pictures.htm?language=english&linkback=../../../education/christmas/index.htm Crossword puzzle. Students type words for the picture in the correct boxes. Good for 2nd grade.Puzzles for Mouse Practice:https://www.digipuzzle.net/minigames/mozaics/mozaics_alphabet_christmas.htm?language=english&linkback=../../education/christmas/index.htm Students complete a Christmas-themed mosaic, like a paint-by-letters. Ideal for beginners.https://www.digipuzzle.net/minigames/mozaics/mozaics_copy_christmas.htm?language=english&linkback=../../education/christmas/index.htm 8x8 blocks form a Christmas-themed mosaichttps://www.digipuzzle.net/minigames/mozaics/mozaics_copy_christmas_16x16.htm?language=english&linkback=../../education/christmas/index.htm 16x16 blocks form a large Christmas-themed mosaichttps://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/content/games/build-your-snowman/index.html Simple site for students to practice click and drag skills.Just for fun....Choose any activity!Mouse Practice:https://santatracker.google.com/elfmaker.html?elf=MCwwLDAsMCwwLDAsMCx8LHNraW4wLGNvcHBlcix5ZWxsb3csZ3JheSxjeWFuLGdyZWVuLHJlZA%3D%3DElf makerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15aqFQQVBWU from code.org this video explains and shows what a pixel is, magnifying the image Video length is 5:49.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ptJaJT8jAM Video narrated by a student.