Learning keyboarding can be super boring and tedious for students. This set of formatting activities aims to bring engagement and a sense of purpose to the practice of typing. By the time students finish all 11 U.S. Holidays they will have practiced each of the keyboard rows four times. Students will also (hopefully) have a sense of pride over the final outcome and an understanding of the learning objective.
Each holiday has 2 sets of directions pages. The first one is lowercase letters and the second one is uppercase letters. This is to give you choice to match your student keyboards. When the students actually type the text, it should all be in lowercase to match the finished examples provided.
Ways to add challenge:
•Have students highlight the text with the color instead of changing the font color.
•Have students add a line at the end that says what the shape is.
•Have students add a clip art image that represents the design.
•Have students type a reflection about how the activity went and what they might do differently next time.
Ways to provide supports (make it easier):
•Provide students with a second sheet of paper or a flat edge like a ruler so that they can be looking at one line at a time.
•Dictate the directions one line at a time to students.
•Demonstrate each line as you go using a projector or screensharing software.
Designs are based on U.S. standard holidays:
- Chinese Lantern
- Easter Egg
- Witch’s Hat
- Present with Bow
ISTE STANDARDS ADDRESSED
Strand: Innovative Designer
Standard: 4.b. select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
I Can Statements:
I can stick with a problem until it is solved
I can use the materials around me to help me solve a problem
I can create an original work using a digital tool
Strand: Empowered Learner
Standard: 1.d. understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
I Can Statements:
I can learn a new technology tool by exploring it
I can find any letter or number on a keyboard
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Kathy W. (verified owner) –
This lesson was fun for students to figure out what the mystery picture would be while at the same time helped me reinforce text formatting skills.
Tiffny J. (verified owner) –
My tech apps students LOVE these!! They get so excited each month when its time to do them. They know that I put these up in the hallway, so they always try to do their best because they know only the best ones go up. I highly recommend this!!
Valentina J. (verified owner) –
We absolutely love these! It keeps my students engaged, and always have them ready to complete the next one! Thank you for creating such a great resource!!
Lori G. (verified owner) –
AWESOME activities! So fun and my students get really excited when they realize it’s Mystery Image Day! Definitely a favorite!
Buyer (verified owner) –
This is a fun way to still teach typing and tech skills while taking a break from the traditional typing program. Thank you!