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Inside Your Computer
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.
Comparing Mitosis with Meiosis
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!
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!
Know Your Computer Hardware #103
Students discover the different terms and parts of a computer's body. In 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.
Basic Computer Skills
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 worksheet, students find the words that are related to the computer concepts. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
What is a Computer Crime?
An important lesson 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.
Parts of a Computer: A Beginning Computer Lesson
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.
Integrating Computer Literacy into ABE
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.
A plan of action for ways to develop computer literacy skills with ABE students
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.
The Hot Dog Stand
Students 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.
Consonant Cowboy/Letter and Sound Recognition
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.
What Comes Next?
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.
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. In 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.
Computer Techie Quiz A Quiz
In this computers worksheet, students complete twelve multiple choice questions about the Windows operating systems. This quiz can be taken online but no answers are provided.
Students are introduced to computer rules, hardware, mouse skills, and keyboarding. In this computer basics lesson, students apply their computer skills to paint using the Kid Deluxe 4. Students also classify hardware as input or output.
Basic Computer Hardware and Software
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.
Computer Comparison Project
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.
Getting to Know the Computer
Learners 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.
Computer Repair and Recycle
Young scholars disassemble and rebuild computers. In this computer hardware lesson, students learn to refurbish computers, then donate the rebuilt computers in their community.