Computer Skills Curriculum
Keyboarding Lesson Plan
Title: Learn Symbols and Special Function Keys!
Other Curriculum Objectives that can be addressed by this lesson plan
Computer Skills: (Gr. 2) 2.2
Competency 2.2: Locate and use symbol keys and special function keys (e.g., period, question mark, Caps Lock, arrow keys, shift, ESC).
Measure 2.2.1: Given a picture of a computer keyboard, color special keys as the teacher says the name or describes the function.
Materials Needed: Computer with word processing software, large screen monitor or projection panel with overhead; a prepared data diskette with symbol keys and sentences; paper keyboards (small and large); crayons/magic markers; large poster showing the symbols (period, question mark, caps lock, arrow keys, shift, ESC).
Time: Three to four, 10-15 minute class sessions.
Terms: Computer, Keyboard, RETURN/ENTER key, Shift key, Caps Lock key, Space bar, Arrow keys, Symbol keys, ESC key
- 1. Prepare word processing data diskettes with symbol keys and with incorrect sentences for students to correct. Sample items are included with this lesson.
- 2. Prepare or obtain paper keyboards and a large poster showing symbol keys.
Follow-Up: Play Zap It!
- 1. Direct the students' attention to a large poster showing the symbol keys. Touch a special key and tell the students the name of each symbol. Have students repeat the names.
- 2. Review the use of the symbols. Give examples of when the symbols would be used.
- 2. 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 keying the symbols by holding down one of the shift keys, using index fingers only.
- 3. At the computer, have students practice using symbol keys (with index fingers only). Monitor students and model correct procedures as necessary.
- 4. Using the prepared data diskettes, have students key in the material with symbol keys as shown on the word processing data diskettes. (Activity 1)
- 5. Given several incorrect sentences on the data diskettes, have students key each sentence correctly by providing a capital letter for the first word of each sentence. (Activity 2)
- 6. Given sentences on the data diskettes, have students key the sentences using the Caps Lock key. (Activity 3)
- 1. Post large, paper keyboards around room.
- 2. Divide the class into several teams and have students line up in front of the keyboards.
- 3. Provide each student a crayon or marker.
- 4. Name/describe a special key, then say "go" so students can "zap it."
- 5. Have the first student in each line run to the paper keyboard and "zap" the special key by marking a "Z" on it. The student runs to the end of the line. Repeat until all students have had a turn.
- 6. At the end of the game, all students are declared "winners" and given a paper keyboard to take home to practice locating letters, numbers, and special keys.
Using a picture of a computer keyboard, have students color special keys and symbol keys using specific colors as the teacher gives instructions.