Nursery and Pre K
In these grades we will work more than just “playing” games on the computer. To start out we will concentrate on hand-eye coordination. Moving the mouse around the screen and clicking on objects helps students master this skill.
Students learn how to listen carefully to follow directions. Reviewing parts of the computer helps them identify the monitor, keyboard, mouse and the computer itself.
Opening and closing a program and moving from one screen to another are just an example of another skill students will learn. I carefully take students through each program and then when each student has mastered this skill they become more independent and a lot more confident utilizing different websites and software programs. Concepts covered include:
– Place order
– Drawing and coloring pictures and objects
– Following directions
– Direction (North, South, East and West)(Left, Right)(Up, Down)
– Phonics- Beginning and ending sounds, vowels and compound words
– Matching, sorting and labeling
Kindergarten – Second Grades
Every school year begins with Computer Care and Safety, Netiquette is a must. The students will review the five major parts of a computer, proper care of software and hardware, and identifying letters and numbers on the keyboard. The students will use a mouse. The students will begin to use appropriate terms when talking about the computer. They will also start using simulation programs to help develop keyboarding skills. Under the guidance of their teacher, students will use the web to enhance and extend other school curriculum areas.
Third – Fifth Grades
In third and fourth grades much of the time is spent utilizing MS Word to enhance their word processing skills. Students will learn skills such as: how to open, save and close documents and learn to master the tool bar. Along with these skills they will learn how to type different types of letters (personal & business). They will also be introduced to MS Excel and MS PowerPoint for special projects. Each of these students will also spend time enhancing their keyboarding skills.
Basic computer Science and Programming will also be taught through the use of the website Code.org. Mapped to Common Core standards, students will participate in 20-hour modules featuring videos, puzzles, group activities and game-design. -Students, under the guidance of their teacher, will also have access to the Internet to research information as well as visit exciting educational websites in a safe and controlled environment. Educational Software: Oregon and Amazon Trail Clue Finders 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Adventures Storybook Weaver Kidspiration and Inspiration Jumpstart 3rd Grade Reading and Spelling Blaster Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
Sixth – Eighth Grades
Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades will be exposed to the various components of computer literacy and build upon the computer literacy skills acquired during previous grades. The ultimate goal of these classes is to ensure that students understand that the computer is used as a tool for communication and productivity. Students will acquire basic computer concepts individually and cooperatively through group work.
Key areas of focus:
– Keyboarding- typing at least 35 WPM in home row position and with correct posture
– Computer Ethics
– Microsoft Word: Tables, Diagrams, Outlines, Reviewing the toolbar
– Microsoft PowerPoint: Presentation skills, Custom animation, Custom motion paths
– Microsoft Excel: Formulas, Charts/Graphs
In these grades, Computer Science and Programming will integrate into existing math and science courses
Students will have access to the Internet to research information and explore educational websites in a safe environment
Eighth grade will create their yearbook online
***Seventh and Eighth grades will also participate in the Stock Market Game