Keys on a keyboard
Kindergarten students learn five keys located on a computer keyboard: the space bar, the enter key, the shift keys, the number keys, and the letter keys. Each key is identified by the teacher and the children are asked to color the key or keys a particular color on their paper keyboard. Students are also asked to locate the letters that spell out their name on their keyboard.
A lesson plan for grade K Information Skills
- identify the space bar, the enter key, the shift keys, the number keys, and the letter keys on a keyboard.
- find the letters that spell their name on the keyboard.
Time required for lesson
- Five different colored crayons (enough for each child in the class to have one). The color crayons needed are red, purple, yellow, blue and green.
- Keyboard sheets
Computer Keyboard for teacher demonstration
Students should know the parts of a computer.
- The teacher begins the lesson by asking students to raise their hands if they have ever typed on a computer. Next, the teacher may ask those who have typed on a computer if they can identify any of the keys on the keyboard.
- After students have shared what they know, the teacher will ask them to use their finger and point to the enter/return key on the keyboard. Next, the teacher will ask the students what the enter/return key does. The last thing the teacher does is to ask students to color the enter/return key red. (The teacher should walk around during this part to make sure students are coloring the right key.) Students are reminded to put their red crayon down when they are finished.
- When they have completed coloring the enter/return key red, the students are asked to point to the space bar on the keyboard. Next, the teacher may ask the students what the space bar does. The last thing the teacher does is to ask students to color the space bar purple. Students are reminded to put their purple crayon down when they are finished.
- The third key the students are asked to find is the shift key. The teacher will point out that there are two shift keys. Students are asked to point to the two keys. They are then asked to color the two shift keys green and then lay their green crayon down.
- The teacher will next ask the students to find the number keys on the keyboard. The teacher may count from 0-9 and have students point to each number to make sure the students know where each number is. Next the teacher may ask the students what they might use the number keys for. Last, the teacher will tell the students to color the number keys blue.
- The last part of the keyboard to be discussed is the letter keys. The teacher will ask the students what the letter keys can be used for. The last thing the teacher does is to ask students to color the letter keys yellow.
- When they have completed their coloring, students are instructed to find the letters that spell their name on the keyboard. They should practice typing their names on their keyboard.
The teacher should look at all students’ work while they are typing their name to determine if they colored their sheets correctly and are finding the letters to their names.
I have used this lesson plan in the media center with all of my kindergarten classes. It has been very successful with my younger students. It can really walk your legs off trying to monitor all the students at each stage of the lesson but it is worth it.
North Carolina curriculum alignment
Computer Technology Skills (2005)
- Goal 2: The learner will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the use of computer and other technologies.
- Objective 2.02: Identify, discuss, and use word processing as a tool to enter letters, numbers and words. Strand - Keyboard Utilization/Word Processing/Desk Top Publishing
- Objective 2.03: Identify, locate and use special keys (e.g., arrow keys, space bar, Shift, Enter/Return, Backspace, Delete), letters, and numbers on the keyboard. Strand - Keyboard Utilization/Word Processing/Desk Top Publishing
- North Carolina Essential Standards
- Information and Technology Skills (2010)
- K.SE.1 Remember safety and ethical issues related to the responsible use of information and technology resources. K.SE.1.1 Identify examples of responsible use and care of technology hardware and software. K.SE.1.2 Remember internet safety rules. K.SE.1.3...
- Information and Technology Skills (2010)