Computer Curriculum

Students are introduced to keyboarding skills in Kindergarten and these skills are reinforced with each successive year. Word processing skills are tied to classroom curriculum to reinforce classroom learning.  Internet navigation is introduced in 2nd grade; higher level students will continue developing these skills as the Internet is continually used as a teaching/learning tool.

Kindergarten
General Skills
  • Identify parts of computer
  • Use a mouse
  • Find and launch a program
  • Print
  • Quit/Exit/Close
  • Work cooperatively with others
  • Cursor placement and usage
  • Key boarding
Database
  • Sorting/Classifying/Graphing
Graphics/Desktop Publishing
  • Select Colors
  • Erase
  • Stamp clip art
  • Re-size image
  • Add graphic elements to create a picture
  • Undo/Cut/Paste
First Grade
General Skills
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Retrieving files
  • Menu navigation
  • Cursor placement and usage
  • Keyboarding
  • Tool bar, Scroll bar, Pull down menu
  • Special keys software specific “hot keys”
  • “Personal” rights
  • Students will demonstrate responsible use of hardware and software
  • Students will demonstrate proper respect in a lab setting
Word Processing
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Create a new document
  • Manipulating text (Cut, Copy, and Paste)
  • Undo
Database
  • Sorting/Classifying/Graphing
Communications
  • Students will work cooperatively by assisting their fellow students
  • New vocabulary
  • Cautions regarding online activity at home
Graphics/Desktop Publishing
  • Use Tools
  • Erase, Undo, Cut and Paste
  • Border
  • Selecting and manipulating items
  • Patterns and gradients
Second Grade
General Skills
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Sizing windows (Minimize, Maximize)
  • Saving files
Word Processing
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Enter text
  • Edit text
  • Change fonts and sizes
  • Insert Clip art
Spreadsheet
  • Introduce simple math on computer
  • Introduce concepts of coordinates and cells
  • Enter data
  • Graph data
  • Use spreadsheet to create a graph or chart
  • Print out a chart
Communications
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Guided Internet use
Graphics/Desktop Publishing
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Import objects from other programs
  • Layer manipulation
  • Layout and design
Third Grade
General Skills
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Copyright implications
  • Saving/Organizing information in a meaningful way
Word Processing
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Spell Check
  • Format
  • Use of thesaurus
  • Import data
  • Headers/Footers
  • Insert Menu
Database
  • Enter data
  • Design a simple database display
  • Sort information in database
Spreadsheet
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Enter labels for columns and rows
  • Enter formulas
  • Print report
  • “What if” queries
Communications
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Guided access to information on line (Internet search engines for kids)
Graphics/Desktop Publishing
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Exposure to digital images from camera
Fourth and Fifth Grade
General Skills
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Storage Drives and Media
  • Delete files from personal drive or disk
  • Import/Export data
Word Processing
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Practical/Efficient use of menu/toolbar-multiple ways to perform menu task “hot keys”, mouse, menu, toolbar, etc.
  • Use previously created template
  • Find/Replace
  • Page Set-up
  • Pagination/Page Breaks
Database
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Search and find
  • Search for information in database (adding, deleting, editing fields)
  • Use database to create a report
  • Print out a report
Spreadsheet
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Independently design and use a more complex spreadsheet
  • Print out a graph, chart
Communications
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • Ethics – “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”
Graphics/Desktop Publishing
  • Review skills taught at previous levels
  • More emphasis on layout and design
  • Prepare simple slideshow with transitions
  • Import graphic from outside source and edit
Links
Links to websites for 4th & 5th Graders

Jr. High

Jr. High students are following the 21things4students.net project that helps students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the 21st century. Tasks are adjusted to meet the Technology Standards and curriculum at SPA.

Technology Standards