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2nd Grade Software Lessons for the Computer Lab


These Spiral Review technology lessons for 2nd grade teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
2nd grade has secretly always been my favorite group in the computer lab. They are starting to become independent on the computer, but are still totally sweet. They are so excited to try new activities, and that makes me excited to teach them. By practicing each software type multiple times we can keep the skills fresh so that students can use technology to show what they know in the classroom. 

These Spiral Review technology lessons for 2nd grade teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab. The skills build on each other throughout this unit so it is important to do the lessons in order. Each set of 12 weeks are all on the same topic, so students can take a deep dive into the content and the tech skills.

Weeks 1-12: Kites

Week 1
PRESENTATION
Kites – Type your Answer Template
Week 2
PRESENTATION
Kites – Drag and Drop Matching
Week 3
PRESENTATION
Kites – Presentation Project
Week 4
PRESENTATION
Kites – Digital Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture
Week 5
WORD PROCESSING
Kites – Type in Text Box
Week 6
WORD PROCESSING
Kites – Copy and Paste
Week 7
WORD PROCESSING
Kites – Change Fonts
Week 8
WORD PROCESSING
Kites – Insert Pictures
Week 9
SPREADSHEETS
Class Survey Chart and Graph
Week 10
SPREADSHEETS
Kite Data Line Graph
Week 11
SPREADSHEETS
Kite Data Bar Graph
Week 12
SPREADSHEETS
Kites – Digital Spreadsheets Mystery Picture
These Spiral Review technology lessons for 2nd grade teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

Weeks 13-24: Breakfast Foods Around the World

Week 13
PRESENTATION
Build a Plate of Breakfast Foods
Week 14
PRESENTATION
Breakfast Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture
Week 15
PRESENTATION
Breakfast – Presentation Project
Week 16
PRESENTATION
Fill in a Template about Breakfast Foods
Week 17
WORD PROCESSING
Breakfast Foods Change Fonts
Week 18
WORD PROCESSING
Breakfast Foods – Copy and Paste
Week 19
WORD PROCESSING
Breakfast Foods List
Week 20
WORD PROCESSING
Breakfast Foods Insert Clip Art
Week 21
SPREADSHEETS
Class Survey Chart and Graph
Week 22
SPREADSHEETS
Breakfast Data Bar Graph
Week 23
SPREADSHEETS
Breakfast Data Pie Graph
Week 24
SPREADSHEETS
Breakfast – Digital Spreadsheets Mystery Picture
These Spiral Review technology lessons for 2nd grade teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

Weeks 25-36: Dental Health

Week 25
PRESENTATION
Teeth Facts Presentation Project
Week 26
PRESENTATION
Teeth Labeling Drag and Drop and Typing
Week 27
PRESENTATION
Tooth Brushing Rules Copy and Paste
Week 28
PRESENTATION
Tooth Brushing Rules Presentation Template
Week 29
WORD PROCESSING
Tooth Text Formatting
Week 30
WORD PROCESSING
Teeth Facts - Typing
Week 31
WORD PROCESSING
Teeth Facts Copy and Paste
Week 32
WORD PROCESSING
Tooth Brushing Rules Poster
Week 33
SPREADSHEETS
Class Survey Chart and Graph
Week 34
SPREADSHEETS
Teeth Data Line Graph
Week 35
SPREADSHEETS
Teeth Data Choice Graph
Week 36
SPREADSHEETS
Teeth Data AutoSum
These Spiral Review technology lessons for 2nd grade teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

What is included:

4 weeks of lessons for each type of software
  • Word / Docs / Pages
  • PowerPoint / Slides / Keynote
  • Excel / Sheets / Numbers
Customizable for whatever software version you have

Editable Lesson Plans:

•Mini lesson
•Vocabulary
•Materials
•I Can Statements
•Lesson components
•Assessments
•Space for reflection
These Spiral Review technology lessons for 2nd grade teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

Editable Daily Messages:

•Lesson Title
•Vocabulary
•Materials
•I Can Statements
•Lesson Question
•Space for you to add screenshots of your software program
These Spiral Review technology lessons for 2nd grade teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

Student Templates Provided

•Templates will convert to any version of software programs, but are provided in Office 365
These Spiral Review technology lessons for 2nd grade teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

Student Assessments:

•Formative assessment questions provided as editable Google Forms
These Spiral Review technology lessons for 2nd grade teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

TEACHING TIPS

1. These lessons are the main activity for a class. I recommend planning a warm up activity (like 10 minutes of typing) and early finisher activities (here are sites you can use). You’re likely going to have some students complete the lesson in 5-10 minutes and others that will still be working when you say time is up.
2. In the lesson plans you’ll see me talk about screencasts you could make. If you’ve never made them before, check out this blog post to learn more about it. Screencasts are a game changer!
3. You may upload the student templates to a learning management system or password protected page of your own website. As long as the files aren’t available publicly on the web then you’re following the terms of use. If you need ideas for how to share files with students, read this blog post.
4. The assessments are optional but will be helpful if technology is a graded subject. If you’re new to teaching technology and curious about grading these skills, read this blog post.

WHO NEEDS THESE TECHNOLOGY LESSONS?

These software lessons are perfect for technology teachers, classroom teachers, media specialists, STEM teachers, or homeschool parents who want their students to know how to use technology to create content. By mastering these software programs, students will feel comfortable doing anything you ask them to do with it.

HOW ARE THESE DIFFERENT FROM YOUR TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM?

The k5tech.net curriculum has warm ups and early finisher activities plus it is all housed on my website. These software lessons are just the main activity and assessments and I'm providing you with all of the files to put into your learning management system. The content in these software lessons does not overlap with the k5tech.net curriculum at all so you can use both.
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These Spiral Review technology lessons for 2nd grade teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

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April Activities for the Computer Lab and Distance Learning



Normally these monthly blog posts are a round up of the activities that can be used for the month in the computer lab. Since schools are closed right now, we have to pivot a bit. Luckily, almost everything that makes a great computer lab lesson also makes a great distance learning activity! Check out these recommended digital resources for April.
Normally these monthly blog posts are a round up of the activities that can be used for the month in the computer lab. Since schools are closed right now, we have to pivot a bit. Luckily, almost everything that makes a great computer lab lesson also makes a great distance learning activity! Check out these recommended digital resources for April. 

How to use this blog post: find the grade level you're interested in and then read about the activities. Click on any images to go to the product description to learn more about it. You'll see some activities in multiple grade levels. This either means that differentiation is provided to make the lesson appropriate for multiple grade levels, or it includes multiple grade levels of activities for the tech lab.

Kindergarten Technology Activities for April

TECHademics is so great because it works on any device and in any browser. The spring set for Kindergarten goes through lots of great skills from sight words to counting to sequencing. 

Next up is digital pixel art. Kindergarten can use level 1, which makes it a simple drag and drop activity. If using with iPads or other tablets, I recommend using a stylus to make the pieces easier to move. You can do this activity on any device that has Google Slides or PowerPoint. 
I know that not everyone can do Easter activities with students in school, so just skip these if they don't apply to you. There are plenty of Spring themed activities here instead. Anyway, the Digital Hundreds Charts are so much fun for students. Somehow they forget they are practicing their numbers when they are filling in the cells digitally. 

First Grade Technology Activities for April

The only first grade TECHademics set I did is for Spring. There just wasn't a ton of interest in it so I didn't continue. The activities are perfect for distance learning though because they work on any device and in any browser. Even a smartphone. Check out the product description for the whole list of included skills. 
Also great for first grade in April is Timely Tech. These activities work in Google Slides or PowerPoint on any device. First grade practices Nouns and verbs 4 different ways, base ten counting, and comparing measurements.
First grade students might really enjoy this digital glyph activity for Easter. In it they get to design an Easter egg and then add pieces to a scene and color them all in digitally. 

Second Grade Technology Activities for April

A great warm up activity for the month of April for 2nd grade is Spreadsheet Mystery Pictures. These Easter themed digital mystery pictures help students begin to understand how to navigate spreadsheet software and think about grids. 
The main activity for April can be the Make A... projects from the k5tech.net curriculum. Students love being creative and I love that they learn so many different programs so quickly. 
Early finishers can work on a Digital Glyph for Spring. The options in this one are so cute and colorful!
If there is time left, these Earth Day themed interactive slides are great for April. 

Third Grade Technology Activities for April

Timely Tech makes a great choice for the month for Third Grade as well. Students can work on the sight words mystery picture, April typing prompts, shapes kite, making new words, and sort by syllables. 
If your students are able to print anything out at home, the Text Formatting activities are great to keep their typing and direction following skills sharp. The Holidays set has an Easter Egg design for April. 
Students can also practice their drag and drop skills with these digital mystery pictures. There are 10 pieces of the puzzle to move into place for each design. This works in Google Slides or PowerPoint on any device. 

Fourth Grade Technology Activities for April

A great warm up activity for 4th graders for the month of April is the Spring Coding set. There are multiple skills to practice and the activities work on any device that has Google Slides. 
The Timely Tech activities for 4th grade include Decoding, make a chart, search, chatting online safely, and crossword puzzle typing. This makes a great main tech activity to fill multiple sessions. 
4th grade students can also stay busy with the coding activities from the k5tech.net curriculum. There are multiple scratch tutorials to work through if students have access to a laptop or desktop computer. 
Earth Day review for your intermediate students. 10 paperless interactive activities. Use with a tablet, laptop, computer, anything that can access Google Slides.

Fifth Grade Technology Activities for April

Help students keep their multi-digit multiplication and long division skills sharp with these digital mystery pictures for April. Their classroom teachers will thank you. 
These Earth Day Digital Pixel Art sets actually have 4 levels of challenge so they can be used with ANY grade level of students. The level 4 requires students to copy and paste or duplicate every piece and move it into place. That makes for great keyboard shortcut practice, even for middle or high schoolers. 
The April text formatting design is an umbrella. Students can practice their typing skills to keep them fresh for all of their other digital assignments. 

There you have it. Activities for grades k-5 for April that can be used in the computer lab or at home during distance learning. Pin this blog post to get back to later:
Normally these monthly blog posts are a round up of the activities that can be used for the month in the computer lab. Since schools are closed right now, we have to pivot a bit. Luckily, almost everything that makes a great computer lab lesson also makes a great distance learning activity! Check out these recommended digital resources for April.

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Tips for Teaching Online During Distance Learning



We are in unprecedented times, my friends. It seems scary to completely change up your teaching methods, which is why I decided to write out some tips on the logistics of teaching online. I used my experience working at a virtual school and also teaching elementary technology to pull together ideas and resources you can use right away.

General tips for anyone teaching online suddenly:

There are 2 main things that there is no avoiding. 1. You need a place to store assignment links, directions, and files. 2. You will have to make videos of yourself teaching.

Once you get on board with these facts then the logistics are manageable. The truth is, you’re already a great teacher and that doesn’t change when the students are at home.

For #1, I recommend a class website. Weebly is my favorite platform, and I have this resource for building a teacher website using weebly.
Take the time to make a page for each subject area at least. The first class website I built for teaching technology I had a page for each assignment. Then all I had to do was let students know which page to go to and they had everything the needed for the lesson. It is totally fine to get started with a page for each subject area because you can add titles like dates to the page so that students know what to do and when.

For each assignment be sure to include written directions. Even if you make a video (which I’ll get back to in a minute) you will have students who need to see the written steps. Pick a layout for each assignment, like the directions in the left column and the links and files in the right column. This will make one less hurdle for your students to jump when learning the procedure of accessing their online assignments.



For #2, Your students still need you and your teaching style. Pick a digital tool like Screencast-o-matic or screencastify to record yourself teaching. I have this blog post about creating flipped lessons. See question 5 below for specific video tips.

Now on to the Q&A for teaching online.

1. How do you make connections with students in an online environment? 

Making connections is still so important regardless of the educational environment. Students need to know that they are cared for and understood. The absolute best way to do this is with regular phone calls. A 15-20 minute call once a week to each student in your homeroom is enough time to check on them academically and emotionally. Use a tool like Google Voice so that you're not giving out your actual phone number.
You can have parents/students sign up for a call using Sign Up Genius or you can do random calls and try to reach as many people as possible. Make a checklist and work your way through it.

In addition to phone calls, positive praise via email or your learning management system keeps students motivated. Send them GIFs or a digital sticker that shows that you’re proud of their work and effort.



2. What strategies, digital tools, and/or resources do you use in an online learning environment to encourage collaboration between students?

Collaboration seems challenging at first glance when teaching in an online environment, but there are actually some great digital tools that make it easy. Padlet is my favorite tool to use because it supports so many different file types and conversation methods. I have this blog post with strategies for using Padlet.

At any age, students can leave brief comments and then Upvote or Like each other’s posts (and older students can comment constructively as a discussion). The live nature of Padlet makes students feel connected.

3. What strategies, digital tools, and/or resources (if any) do you use in an online learning environment to collaborate with parents?

Parent communication is hard anyway, but when working in a virtual learning environment it can be especially challenging. Parents are critically important to student learning when students are at home. Parents need to understand the expectations on themselves and their child in order to be successful. Just like the tips I shared above for staying connected with students, the same applies to parents. Call the house and talk to them as often as possible. Send positive emails that are short and sweet to keep them informed and motivated.

It is almost guaranteed that someone along the way will misunderstand an assignment. A quick phone call can remedy it in 5 minutes and take all of the stress out of something that could have been tense over email.

4. In an online learning environment, how do you communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students and parents?

Since we are all so familiar and comfortable with email, it makes the most sense as a main communication tool. Put together brief but informative emails to send to the parents (and students if they are older and working independently). If the details you need to provide are extensive, make a video of yourself and link it in the email. It is very important to provide BOTH video and text when you have instructions to accommodate multiple learning styles. 

5. How do you engage students in an online environment?

This is probably the topic that is stressing teachers out the most when thinking about changing to an online learning environment, but to be honest it is the easiest part. Good teaching is good teaching. Those strategies don’t change.

Plan on recording yourself teaching and provide the same high-energy instruction you always would. While there is a desire to be on a live video with students, there are some major downfalls to live teaching. The number one being distractions. It took a LOT of practice to get good at moderating student comments and questions while demonstrating topics live. No one can master that in a few short weeks. Save the live videos for lighter topics, simple directions, review, and social/emotional check-ins. Pre-record videos for anything that is actual new academic content. That way students can watch it as many times as needed when they are focused and ready. 

Take a look at this page of my website to see an example of how I screencast my directions for students.

6. What specific virtual activities do you do with your students, and what procedures are in place to ensure they are run successfully?

I absolutely love using digital interactive notebooks in the virtual environment. Google Slides makes it really easy because a file can be shared with a simple link. If you’re not already using Google Classroom, it can still be done even if students don’t have accounts. Drag and drop or typing short answers on a slide can be done in just a few minutes and can show you what students are understanding from their assignments.

For the task you want students to complete, have a slide duplicated for each student in the class. Students are already used to using their classroom numbers for other tasks, so the same procedure can apply here. Have students complete their numbered slide and you can watch it happen in real-time and then check it over again later. Of course this method isn’t foolproof and students will accidentally work over each other, but by the 4th or 5th time you complete this activity type it should go smoothly.
Try this free digital activity with your students to practice the logistics of digital interactive notebooks in a fun and engaging way. 

Kahoot also ends up being the perfect tool for an online environment because everyone can see the progress on their own screen. This is a great activity to do during a live session so that the teacher can facilitate the changing of questions. It makes a great review activity to complete together.

For tasks that students complete on their own time, the list is nearly limitless. Have a place (like a learning management system or class website) with links and directions and a place for students to turn in assignments.

Challenge students to complete assignments that will make them think. As much as we love the data we receive when we put students on a program, we can’t have them do these programs all day every day. Students also will be more engaged and motivated when provided open ended tasks and an opportunity to be creative in the process of showing what they know. Balance is key for the activity types.

There you have it, my best tips and tricks for the logistics of distance learning. Please let me know what other questions I can answer. I started a thread about it in my Facebook Group

If you're a technology teacher and are looking for both print and digital resources to get through distance learning with ease, check out this resource page

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