First graders spend 40 minutes in computers once a week. The first graders use instructional technology that is found on our computers to supplement the reading and math curriculum in the classroom. We spend a lot of time going over reading skills and learning more words with "Letterbugs." Another good program is Key Skills which helps the students work on key Language and Math skills pertinent to their educational success. There are additional games that are played to enhance reading and math skills as well. The last nine weeks we will introduce and explore Microsoft Word.
Second graders spend 40 minutes in computers once a week. In second grade, students get an introduction to our typing program "Type to Learn Jr.." They also supplement the reading and math curriculum from their classroom with games found on "ABCya.com". Key Skills is used in Second Grade as well to enhance the students skills in Language and Math. Second graders have been introduced to Microsoft Word and have been working on proper sentence structure and creativity.
Third graders spend one hour in computers once a week. In third grade, students begin each class with fifteen minutes in our "Type to Learn" keyboarding program. They have just finished their first research paper about winter activities. The next paper will be on Black History Month.
Fourth graders spend one hour in computers once a week. In fourth grade, students begin each class with fifteen to twenty minutes in our "Type to Learn" keyboarding program. These students will enhance their skills in Microsoft Word through the course of the year. They will also learn how to create a basic powerpoint presentation using Microsoft Power Point. Fourth graders will complete two research projects using student-friendly internet sources. The first project will require a three-paragraph essay that is typed in Microsoft Word, and it will be on a place the student would like to visit outside of the United States. The second project is about a state of the student's choosing, and will be made up of both an essay in Microsoft Word and a power point presentation.
Fifth graders spend one hour in computers once a week. In fifth grade, students begin each class with twenty minutes in our "Type to Learn" keyboarding program. These students will continue to build their skills in researching, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Power Point throughout the year. Fifth graders will complete two independnet research projects over the course of the year. Both projects will require an essay typed in Word as well as a powerpoint presentation. The first project will be completed on the student's favorite sport or activity. The second project will be based on the student's future career goals.