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 12 months 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 month 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.
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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Jacqueline B. (verified owner) –
My students really liked seeing what the end result of their typing practice would be! They loved that they created a picture!
Abigail K. (verified owner) –
2nd and 3rd grade loved this way of finding keys. It was also great direction following! They were so excited because when they finished I would print them and were so proud of their work! This took us the entire 52 minutes we have for computer classes.
Kathy W. (verified owner) –
My students are always anxious to see what the mystery shape will be. It also gives us a break from the normal keyboarding site that we use daily.
Ashley D. (verified owner) –
I used this resources in a computer lab setting. It was a great review of practicing text formatting skills and students were engaged.
Jessica M. (verified owner) –
This is SO much fun!! What a great way for them to practice not only practice typing/formatting skills but following directions skills. And then afterwards they got a great picture out of it. THANK YOU!!