Computer Skills Curriculum
Word Processing Lesson Plan
Title: Home Row Rhymer
Other Curriculum Objectives that can be addressed by this lesson plan
English Language Arts: 1.1,
2.1, 2.3; Computer Skills: 2.5; Information Skills 1.4, 1.5
Competency 2.5: Demonstrate beginning word processing techniques of entering
selected home row words, saving, printing, and retrieving text.
Measure 2.5.1: With a word processing program loaded on your computer, type the
following words: sad, dad, had, glad, fad, fall, hall. Print your work and save it.
Retrieve your work to be sure that your work was saved.
Materials Needed: Wall chart of computer keyboard and paper keyboard charts for
students; access to computer lab or computer in classroom with word processing software; Home Row Rhymer template (included); big book software (optional).
Time: Four, fifteen minute sessions; provide additional time as necessary to
become familiar with home row keys.
word processing, home row keys, save, print, retrieve, load, file
- Plan to let the students work in pairs at the computers.
- Prepare data diskettes with words made of letters from the home row keys. (A data file
is provided with "home row" words.)
With the Students
- Tell students that they are going to work on a language activity using rhyming words and
practice their computer skills.
- Give students a word made of letters from the home row keys (e.g., lad, fall, gag) and
elicit rhymes from them.
- Divide students into pairs.
- Have them brainstorm for five to ten minutes to list as many rhyming words as they can.
Rule: All letters must be from the home row keys.
- Using individual paper keyboard charts, have students practice "typing" their
- Have students share some of their rhyming words with another team.
(in the computer lab)
- In pairs, review the home row keys with students by having the students find the letters
as you call them out. After a specified time period, have partners switch. (The partner,
not typing, should watch the screen as the other partner types.)
- In pairs, have students enter as many words as they can that rhyme using home row keys.
After a specified time period, have partners switch.
- Have students save their work.
- Have students load and print a list of their rhyming words to use in the class room as a
- In the classroom, have the teams choose one or two words from their list and make
sentences with them. Have students illustrate their sentences.
- Use paper keyboards in the classroom to practice home row key rhyming words.
- Make a class book of rhyming words using a word processor. Illustrate the booklet.
- Using one of the big book programs, prepare and illustrate a rhyming book for
Using a word processing program, have students type a given set of home row words: sad,
dad, had, glad, fad, fall, hall as the teacher calls out each word. Teachers should
monitor students and provide additional practice as necessary. (Teachers may wish to have
words on a data diskette instead of saying them aloud. This allows each student to view
the word on the screen and work at his/her own pace.)
Ask the students to describe whether any of the words have something in common (e.g.,
word families such as had, dad, mad). Have students make a new list, grouping words that
have something in common. Have them highlight or underline the part of the word (in each
group) that the words have in common.
Example: had, dad, mad, sad, glad.