Computer Skills Curriculum
Keyboarding Lesson Plan

Title: Re-Key It!

Other Curriculum Objectives that can be addressed by this lesson plan
English Language Arts 1.1, 1.2, 1.3; Computer Skills: (Gr. 2) 2.2

Grade: 2
Competency 2.2: Locate and use symbol keys and special function keys (e.g., period, question mark, Caps Lock, arrow keys, shift, ESC).

Measure 2.2.2: Given the following on the computer screen, retype each: $3.00, How are you?, and North Carolina.

Materials Needed: Computer with word processing software, prepared word processing data diskette with items to retype, large screen monitor or projection panel with overhead for demonstrations, printers, keyboarding software such as MicroType: The Wonderful World of PAWS.

Time: Two to three, 10-15 minute class sessions; repeat as necessary.

Terms: Computer, Keyboard, RETURN/ENTER key, Shift key, Caps Lock key, Space bar, Number keys, Symbol keys, ESC key



Pre-Activities: Teacher Preparation
  • 1. Prepare a word processing data file using symbol keys and special functions for students to practice and a file to test the measure. Sample items are included with this lesson.

  • 2. Prepare a sufficient number of diskettes for the class or plan how these files will be loaded in the lab.

Activity 1:

  • 1. Using a computer and large screen monitor or projection panel with the entire class or a typical computer station with small groups of students, demonstrate (using index fingers for letters, numbers, symbols, and shifts) re-keying the items as follows:

    	(1)  $2.00
    	(2)  What is your name?
    	(3)  Raleigh.
  • 2. At the computer, instruct students to follow the process of re-keying the items shown on the screen. (If keyboarding software is being used, the "open screen" should be selected at the main menu.)

  • 3. Have students repeat keying the items for practice.

  • 4. Print out each student's work.

Activity 2:

  • 1. Provide additional words and terms for practice such as:

    	  Do you like pizza?				  Let's eat!
     	  It's your turn.				  Say "No" to drugs! 
    	  $4.50					          1/2  


Using a prepared word processing data diskette, have each student re-key words and terms as they appear on the screen. The teacher should reteach and provide additional practice for those students having difficulty.