KEYBOARDING PRACTICE FOR PARCC
The ability to keyboard well is a big plus for our students especially with PARCC. Our elementary computer teachers provide our students with keyboarding instruction utilizing Type to Learn in our computer labs. On the middle school level, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is available to help our students hone their keyboarding skills.
How much are our students expected to be able to type? You would be very surprised to see “how much”! According to PARCC:
- GRADE 4 students should be able to type a minimum of 1 page in a testing period.
- GRADE 5 students should be able to type a minimum of 2 pages in a testing period.
- GRADE 6 students should be able to type a minimum of 3 pages in a testing period.
We have a lot of “thumb” typists who are very good at getting their thoughts across on their smart phones, but need much more practice in actual keyboarding—especially for the “long haul.”
Please encourage your students to practice their keyboarding and mouse skills to prepare for the ELA sections of PARCC. You can work together with your technology teachers to make use of computer lab time for practice. Please SHARE these websites with your students and their parents to foster practice at home:
Dance Mat Typing
Twelve lessons provide guided practice on all keys
Geared for Grades 2-5, reinforces clicking and dragging keys to their correct location
Geared for Grades 2-5, a one minute challenge provides practice in typing letters quickly
Learning Games for Kids.com
Typing challenges—practice and assessment
Mouse skills practice
Short activities to practice mouse skills, including mouse placement, clicking the mouse, click and drag, using scroll bars, and drop-down menus.
Bees and Honey
Three beginner activities to practice mouse skills, including moving the mouse, clicking the mouse, and click and drag.
This is Sand
Interactive art using the mouse, for Grades 2-5. Allows students to practice drawing “sandscapes” by layering different colors of sand using the mouse.
Interactive art using the mouse, for Grades 2-5. Allows students to practice drawing images using symmetry.
**Much thanks to Judy Canose for sharing these sites!**