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Students discover the different terms and parts of a computer's body. For this computer basics lesson, students become familiar with the parts of the computer, starting in kindergarten and increasing their knowledge through school. Students are assessed on the parts of a computer using visual images and word banks.
Search a variety of sources to create a multimedia or book project about Japan. Learners use the independent investigation method to plan and conduct research about Japan. They use the information they discover to create a computer book or a multimedia project for an oral presentation. Multiple resources and reproducible materials are included.
Youngsters listen to the story, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." After discussing the story, going over new vocabulary, and repeating the rhymes in the story, they study the parts of a fly. They finish by creating a fly on the computer and printing it out for their science folder. A good instructional activity!
Students compare computer hardware and software by engaging in a PowerPoint presentation and looking at newspaper advertisements. They enter their data into handheld computers and share it with classmate by beaming it to their handhelds. They work in groups to design a poster of the computer they would chose.
Start a unit on the solar system with a visit to the NASA website, and then navigate the stars with an exciting webquest. After all that exploration, learners will be ready to jump into a team-centered research project in which they prepare an oral presentation on one of the nine planets. This lesson could span several days and ends with an independent assignment in which each learner creates a model of our solar system. There are links to web resources and extensions included.
Young computer users utilize a CD-ROM which features an episode from the Arthur series in order to learn how to appropriately-use computers, and how to NOT use them. The CD-ROM also has five activities that learners can engage in which reinforce the things they learned while watching the Arthur episode. This excellent lesson plan has worksheets embedded, and a nice at-home activity. Very good!
View this PowerPoint and go over the basic rules about computers. It is well-suited for all ages because the rules apply to all learners. Everyone benefits from knowing the terms for working with computers. But more importantly, make sure your learners understand the importance of being safe on the Internet and what they should do if they come across something that might be harmful. And just to make sure your learners have been paying attention, have them create a five question quiz based on the lesson.
This is a nice introduction for first graders to parts of the computer. It includes several resource links to PowerPoints to show the class. There is one activity for the class to do. This is a basic introduction, and could definitely be upgraded and/or adapted to fit the needs of your young learners.