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Keyboarding Assessment:  3-MinuteTest --  Homerow + enutrocipvwmWisconsin's Department of Pubic Instruction recommends that students learn to key at 5 times their grade level.  Fifth Grade Goal:  25 wpm

Getting Started

  1. Find the Technology  Learn the names of digital tools and technology.  Choose REVIEW for flashcards to learn the names of technology in the game.  Choose FIND to locate the technology in the room.
  2. Growing with Technology:  Yasmin's Room  Yasmin's Room  Click on the red monster and then  mouse over what you see for a new activity.
  3. How Cybersmart are You?  Take the quiz and learn how to keep yourself safe online.
  4. Learning About Computers:  Input & Output Devices  Some devices are used to input information, while others are to output information from our computers.
  5. Search Engines for Kids.  Here's some search forms for the major Internet search engines for kids. Below these are Internet search engine links, links to web guides for kids, some specialized search engine forms and specialized search engine links of interest to kids.

Mousing  /  Keyboarding / Projects

Mouse like a Pro!

  1. Reading & Writing Games
    1. Grammar Blast  Practice your mousing skill while you learn language arts
      1. The Sentence
      2. Nouns
      3. Ready for a Review?
      4. Verbs
      5. Adjectives
      6. Cumulative Review
      7. Capitalization and Punctuation
      8. Pronouns
      9. Adverbs and Prepositions
      10. Super Challenge!  All Gramar Blast Skills
    2. Spelling Practice   Select a level and then listen to each word and then drag and drop the letters to correctly spell it.  There's a hungry purple monster that wants to eat the vowels when you're done.
    3. Super Word Toss:  Synonyms and Antonyms  This fun game lets you practice matching synonyms and antonyms.  Chose the type of game you want to play and then the level.
    4. Turtle Dash:  Spelling with Vowels.  Fill-in missing vowels to complete words as fast as you can race your turtles.
    5. Verb Viper:  Subject/Verb agreement.  Click the right verb tense when it comes into the snake's striking zone.
  2. Math & Number Games
    1. Base 10 Fun  Select from ones, tens and hundreds. The activity also features three different modes of play: Read and Make, Listen and Make, or Count and Write.
    2. Division Drag Race  Use your mouse to select answers for division problems to propel your racecar to victory.
    3. Dirt Bike Division  Can you quickly select equivelent fractions and race your bike to victory?
    4. Equivalent Fraction Bingo  Choose your skill level and then see if you  can find equivelent fractions on your card to earn a Bingo!
    5. Feed Me Fractions!  Adding Fractions with the Same Denominator.  Select two fractions that add to the number 1 and watch the monster grow! Help the monster reach full size as fast as you can!
    6. Fraction Fling  Use the mouse to sling rocks at the fraction in the diagram.
    7. Fraction Splat  Click on the target type of fraction while avoiding the others. How fast can you do it?
    8. Fractone  Click on the fraction squares to make pairs that have a sum of 1... and do it as fast as you can!
    9. Gran Prix Multiplication  Use your mouse to move your racecar by solving multiplication equations.
    10. Jet Ski Addition  Race against other players, using your mouse to add numbers and propel your jet ski to victory.
    11. Math Lines  Use your mouse to shoot the marble and add together two numbers to equal various sums.
    12. Puppy Chase Decimals  Compete against others as you click on the decimal equivelent to fractions and send your puppy to victory.
    13. Slide to the Top  This game is based on number lines.  Choose Fractions, Fractions & Decimals, or Fractions, Decimals, and Percents and then drag and drop the circles into number line order.
  3. More Mousing Fun!
    1. Take a Trip   Both Beginner and Expert levels.  Use the mouse to navigate your way safely on a trip.
    2. Take a Trip:  Food Pyramid  Both Beginner and Expert levels.  Use the mouse to navigate your way safely on a trip though healthy eating.
    3. U.S. Geology  Practice geography by assembling a puzzle of the USA.  There are two levels of play.  The game keeps track of your best time to completion
Mousing  /  Keyboarding / Projects

Learning the Keyboard

Part A.  Learning Home Row

  1. asdf  jkl;  Practice Home Row
  2. Dance Mat Typing
  3. Online Typing Lessons
  4. Home Row Typing Lesson
  5. Lesson One: Home Row
  6. KeyBricks: Home Row
  7. KeyMan: Home Row
  8. Retro Typer (Begin with lesson 1:  asdf jkl;)
  9. Sense-Lang: Lesson 1
  10. Typing Club (Begin with j & f)
  11. Typing Course Lessons: F G H J
  12. Typing Course Lessons: A S D K L ;
  13. Typing Course Lessons:  A S D F G H J K L ;
  14. Typing Lessons for QWERTY Keyboard (start with Lesson 1, ASDF JKL:
  15. Typing Tutor:  Home Row
  16. typingMe.com: Lesson 1 Left Hand Practice

Part B.  Top Row and Bottom Row

  1. Dance Mat Typing
  2. Glencoe's Online Keyboarding. These are the folks that wrote the book -- typing books for generations of keyers. These lessons will carefuly help you review and build skills.
  3. Keyboard Tutorial & Typing Test. Great site to review or learn keying. When you are ready, there is a section to practice composing at the keyboard and then practicing your text.
  4. Learn Keyboard Typing. Great site -- 13 online lessons -- you will move through them quickly. This site is great for a typing "tune-up".
  5. Learn to Type Online. This course has 5 lessons to introduce keys -- maybe too fast for a beginner (but maybe not). This site is a great review for those needed a "tune-up".
  6. Peters Online Typing Course.  A comprehensives and well-done program. This one will work for you if you work it.
  7. Retro Typer (Begin with lesson 1:  asdf jkl;)
  8. Speed Typing Online. Even if you have learned the basics, try this website's quick "tune-up". You can be a speed-typist too.
  9. Typing Club. Begin with home row and then add 2 keys per lesson -- very managable and effective.
  10. Typing Lessons. This site does a fantastic job of breaking the keyboard into short, simple lessons. Highly recommended, especially for those just getting started.
  11. Typing Test Online. Use this site to check your progress -- watch your skills grow.
  12. Touch Typing Online.  If other online programs add new keys too fast, try this one -- it carefully breaks your practice into manageable groups.

Part C.  All Key Review.  You must complete these online practices before using any of the Fun Skill Building links below.

  1. Letter Reaction
  2. Cup Stacking Game
  3. Home Row
  4. Capitalization of Home Row Keys using the Shift Key
  5. Top Row Keys
  6. Bottom Row Keys
  7. Top & Bottom Row Keys
  8. Two Letter Combinations
  9. Three Letter Combinations
  10. Left Hand Practice
  11. Right Hand Practice
  12. Typing Test Online
  13. Wapsilon

Part D.  Fun Skill Building (only after learning all keys and the "touch method".  All links with a sound icon can only be used with MUTE, earphones or headphones.

  1. Alpha Attack
  2. Alpha Munchies
  3. Alpha Rain
  4. Balloon Typing Game
  5. Bubbles Alphabet (lower & capital case)
  6. Desert Typing Racer
  7. [The] Friendly Letter CreatorTry this kewl letter wizard
  8. [The] Frogs Are Off Their Diet
  9. Martian City Defender
  10. Meteor Typing Blast
  11. Outer Space Fleet Commander
  12. Save the Saleboat Race
  13. Typing of the Ghosts
  14. Typing Rocket Junior
  15. Typing Rockets Major League
  16. Typing Tidepool

Even MORE keyboarding games & online practice sites!

Mousing  /  Keyboarding / Projects

Projects & Activities

Desktop Publishing.  The fifth-graders that have practiced throughout their elementary school years can beome really good keyers!  When students are ready to do MORE than type on the computer, we can have FUN creating colorful documents -- desktop publishing. 

For many projects, we will use Lorem Ipsum (Latin) dummy text which we can get from free online Lorem Ipsum Generator

  1. Report:  284 Word Lorem Ipsum Dummy Text (student template, MS Word file).  Students will download this file and we will use it for the exercise below which introduces clip-art and text wrapping.
  2. Directions:   284 Word Lorem Ipsum Report With Clip Art Graphics (filetype .pfd).  Students will begin creating a graphic organizer with directions on how we used the graphics on this page We begin by looking at how text wrapping works.
  3. Report:  478 Word Lorem Ipsum Dummy Text (student template, MS Word file).  Students will download this file and we will use it for the exercise below which reviews, text wrapping, and introduces AutoShapes (call-outs).
  4. Directions:  478 Word Lorem Ipsum Dummy Text Report (filetype: .pdf).  Students will review inserting graphics into a report and formatting each graphic to float over text (text wrapping:  in front of text). 
  5. Final Report:  478 Word Lorem Ipsum Dummy Text (student template, MS Word file).  Students will download this file and we will use it for the exercise below which reviews, text wrapping, and introduces AutoShapes (call-outs).
  6. Directions:  Final 478 Word Lorem Ipsum Dummy Text Report (filetype: .pdf).  Students will use the MS Word ruler to format text to create space in a document and then insert appropriate clip art and other graphic objects applying float over text formats on each graphic (text wrapping:  in front of text).  

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