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Computers are amazingly powerful machines that we have come to take for granted. Starting with a simple click of the mouse, this animated video takes you on a trip through the inner workings of computers. Learn how programs allow the different components of a computer to communicate with one another, accomplishing multitude of tasks simultaneously. A great addition to an introductory lesson on computer programming.
First graders identify and use basic computer terms. They practice basic processes, keyboarding and word processing. Students use tools in Kid Pix, creating a page with colors, numbers and shapes.
In this technology instructional activity, students find the words that are related to the computer concepts. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
Here is a set of cards explaining the meanings of a variety of different parts of a computer. While not exactly a lesson per se, these cards could be printed out and used quite easily in a formatted lesson. For this time of computers, it's important for learners to know this vocabulary. There are 24 cards all in all, and each one has a good photograph associated with it.
Young mathematicians use bags of Skittles to help them gain practice in graphing and organizing data. They work in pairs, and after they have counted and organized their Skittles, they access a computer program which allows them to print a colorful version of their results in graph form. Of course, they finish by eating the Skittles!
Learners run a computer simulation. They collect data as they work and use the data to create an annual report for their business. Several different simulations could be used for this project. It is desirable for students to do this project individually, but it could be done as a class using a large screen monitor.
Students play an educational computer game, complete a letter recognition activity and close the game appropriately. They sing the alphabet song as the teacher holds each corresponding card with the letter and picture as support.
Life science learners view an online animated mini textbook comparing two types of cell division. Working in groups, they use a digital microscope to capture images of cells in different stages of mitosis and meiosis. Then they create an informational brochure for each process. If you  have the laboratory equipment and computer software required to carry out this lesson plan, it is sure to produce educated cell biologists!
Students explore the concept of A-B and A-B-B patterns, and show this by creating a pattern with concrete objects and on the Kid Pix Deluxe computer program.
An important lesson plan on cybercrimes is here for you. In it, young computer users learn about how people commit crimes on computers by hacking into accounts, and stealing personal information from people. Some excellent discussion questions and activities are embedded in this plan, which should be taught to all children at some point.
Students participate in an introduction to the computer and its parts. They examine correct positioning of their body and hands while working at the keyboard. They investigate the basic parts of a computer.
Students examine different parts of the computer and utilize the keyboard, mouse, printer drives, disks and CD's. They explore an Operating System which allows them to locate, open and close files and they are introduced to word processing and spreadsheets. They research the Internet and write a letter via E-mail.
Students learn and practice using a computer. They complete a checklist as they complete each item on the list. During the first session, students demonstrate competency with a mouse, identify icons and menus on the desk top as well as launch programs. Students create and print a greeting card.
Students see pictures and learn vocabulary of basic computer hardware and software. In this computers lesson plan, students are shown pictures of a screen, mouse, keyboard, and other computer parts that they should know and fill out a worksheet in the end.
Young scholars examine the basic parts of a computer. They view and discuss a Mr. Computer PowerPoint presentation, cut out and glue the names of the computer parts to the correct picture on a worksheet, and discuss how to properly care for the computer equipment.
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.
Young scholars disassemble and rebuild computers. In this computer hardware lesson, students learn to refurbish computers, then donate the rebuilt computers in their community.
In this vocabulary and reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 1 page selection pertaining to computers, match 8 words to the correct parts of a computer and respond to 11 short answer and fill in the blank questions.
Students investigate the purchase of a specific computer hardware with specific components without going over a budget. The use of computer catalogues, tables, and spreadsheets support the search.
Students review their understanding of basic computer terminology. They demonstrate an understanding of the function of each major computer component. They identify some characteristics of the Windows operating system.

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