NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Elementary Kids Keyboarding Help

Many kindergarten students that enter school have never seen or used a standard keyboard on a computer or laptop.  They also may have never seen or used a mouse.  However, they have used technology and input information through touch screens and voice recognition.  Other elementary students in Grades 1-3 can improve their keyboarding familiarity to find letters, numbers and punctuation faster.

 

This page is NOT designed to teach touch typing.  It is designed with printable sheets to help parents help their child recognize a keyboard and/or mouse and how to improve their memory of key placement.  Students knowing approximately where numbers and letters are located on the keyboard and the basics of how a mouse works will be at an advantage in the classroom where inputting information through keyboard and mouse is sometimes necessary.

PRINTABLES

 

The following printables can be used by students to practice finding letters and numbers quicker on a computer or laptop keyboard.

Keyboard with Capital & Lowercase on Keys - Print this keyboard out and hang or have available with your devices so that younger students can see the capital and lowercase version of letters on one key on a virtual or regular keyboard.  Did you know that keys on traditional keyboards are in caps; keys on Chromebooks and most virtual keyboards on smartphones and tablets are lowercase? That can be a problem for young students.  This keyboard can help kids on or off technology by learning where the keys or located on any keyboard.  Make it a fun game for your child by using the blank keyboard and Keyboard Charlie listed below to see if your child remembers where the letters and numbers are located on a keyboard.

Completed Keyboard & Blank Keyboard - Print these two keyboards out and laminate or put in a page protector.  Have your child use a dry erase marker to fill in the blanks on the Blank Keyboard after they have looked at and learned the keyboard from the Completed Keyboard side.  Use a paper towel or tissue to wipe clean so that it can be filled out again!  On the completed keyboard side have them "type" their name, ID number (username), password--it will give them practice.  Quiz them on the alphabet and see if they can locate it on the keyboard.  Also quiz them on the numbers.  We call the zero the "trickster".  The zero hides at the end after the nine where he doesn't belong and near the letter "O" hoping to trick students in hitting the wrong key!  We also call the backspace key the "Oops" key. :0)

Computer Charlie - Contains three pages that will help students associate lowercase letters with their uppercase partner.  The traditional keyboard is in uppercase.  On pop-up keyboards on smartphones and tablets, the keyboard is lowercase.  On Chromebooks their keyboards are also in lowercase. When a student, especially a kindergarten student, is typing from copy, it may be difficult to recognize a lowercase letter with the uppercase letters printed on the keyboard.

 

Put the pages in a page protector or laminate and have your child use a dry-erase marker to fill out so that it can be wiped clean to do again!  Page 1 is the keyboard in lowercase so have your child write the uppercase letter on the same key. Page 2 is the keyboard in uppercase so have students write the lowercase letter on the same key.  Page 3 is an answer key for both kinds of keyboards so that students can check their own answers.

Computer Mouse - Sheet has the left button (left click), right button (right click) and scroll dial labeled.  The school have mice connected to desktop computers. Chromebooks, tablets and laptops at school use a track pad.

WHAT SKILLS ARE HELPFUL FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TO KNOW?

BASIC COMPUTER INTRODUCTIONS STUDENTS NEED:

  • The names for the parts of a computer/device

  • How to exit from a window

  • How to move a mouse accurately

  • How to hold the mouse still when clicking

  • How to click, double click and drag (left button we call sticker click because we put a sticker on the left button in school)

  • How to press a key lightly so only one letter/digit is entered

  • How to log in/log off

  • How to turn on/off the computer and monitor safely

  • How to double click a shortcut icon

MEDIUM SKILLS STUDENTS NEED:

  • How to identify that multiple internet windows are open at the same time (or tabs) and exit out of one or all.

  • How to use the backspace key (AKA: Oops! Key), delete key, enter key, shift key and space bar

  • How to manipulate sound level through headphones

  • How to open/use a folder {not multiple… just one level of clicking}

  • How to use a scrolling button or the scroll bar on the screen

  • How to navigate websites using their schema of previous sites

MORE ADVANCED SKILLS STUDENTS NEED:

  • How to type basic things (name, login information, a phonetically spelled sentence) using a keyboard

  • How to use the task bar to switch between open windows

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Kenneth N. Butz, Jr. Elementary School, Lower Nazareth Elementary School and Floyd R. Shafer Elementary School

For website questions, please contact the

NASD Grades K-3 Technology Technology Specialist,  Miss Shawn-Kimberly Kocher