First Grade Skills
Students will learn computer basics such as how to power their own computers on and how to login to the computer. They will learn to shut down the computer with their mouse. Mouse control will be practiced in first grade.
Students will learn the basics of keyboarding. Our focus as first graders will be using two hands with open fingers. Thumbs will rest on and be used for the space bar. A keyboard like the one below will come home for practicing.
Students will use the websites ABCya! Keyboarding and ABCya! Rocket 1 to practice locating letters throughout the year.
Students will learn how to make upper case letters. They will learn the importance of having passwords just right when logging into the computer or websites. They will explore the Paint program and its toolbar features. Students will be introduced to WordPad and learn that there are common toolbar features.
Basic computer coding skills will be introduced to first graders with the use of Code.org. Peer collaboration and problem solving will be key features in this unit.
Websites that practice reading and math skills will be used as part of class.