Item Number: PRI-START

Technology Integration: Computer, Visual Arts

Technology Skill: Graphics, Word Processing

Program: Google Drawings, Microsoft Office, Office 365 Online, Paint


Computer Lessons for Beginners: Teacher Guide, Printable Student Workbook, Paperless Worksheets, Extension Activities

Handouts and Assessment Tools: TechnoStart Parent Letter, TechnoStart Certificate, Summary of Skills Checklist, License Checklist, Computer Operator License, Computer Detective Activity, Mouse and Touch Action Cards, Computer Parts Cards, Do's and Don'ts Cards, Sign In Cards, Spy Glass, Missing Keys on Keyboard, Match Tools, What is Wrong?

Samples: Assignment Samples, Me Samples

Assignment 1: What is a Computer?

Recognize devices and describe computer use in daily life.

Assignment 2: About Parts of the Computer

Color computer parts and then solve computer riddles.

Assignment 3: Get to Know the Mouse

Learn about a mouse and terminology.

Assignment 4: Get to Know Touch Actions

Learn about touch devices and terminology.

Assignment 5: Practice using Mouse or Touch Actions

Become a computer detective finding parts.

Assignment 6: About Computer Care

Classify a behavior as a do or don't.

Assignment 7: Show Good Behavior

Explore the Paint or Google Drawings program. Assess behavior.

Assignment 8: Follow Rules for Printing

Create a picture. Print the file.

Assignment 9: About the Keyboard

Color the spacebar, enter, shift and letter keys in student name.

Assignment 10: Be the Fastest Typist in the World

Type letters and numbers. Format the text.

Assignment 11: Learn to Left and Right Click

Label how to perform these actions with a mouse or touch.

Assignment 12: Left and Right Click to Make a Design or Edit a Picture

Windows: Make shapes. Fill them using left and right click.
Google Apps: Adjust magnification to edit a picture of a dog.

Assignment 13: About Saving your Work

Assign a name to files. Select saving location. Know saving rules.

Assignment 14: Follow Rules for Saving

Explore new tools. Paint a picture. Save the file.

Assignment 15: Open a Saved File and Make Changes

Open a saved file and make changes.

Assignment 16: Earn a Computer Operator License

Complete the checklist. Earn a license.

Optional Computer Lessons for Beginners

  • Pick the Computer to Do the Job: Connect the task to the correct device.
  • Play Computer Spy Game: Solve riddles to guess the computer part.
  • Label It Input or Output: Circle if a computer part is input or output.
  • Turn the Computer On and Sign In: Follow proper start up procedures.
  • Sign Out or Shut Down the Computer: Follow sign out, shut down, or sleep procedures.
  • Sign In and Out of Google Drive: Explore the Google Drive environment. (Google Apps only)
  • Keep Your Files Safe: Understand how to keep a username and password secure.
  • Pick Print Settings: Customize print settings in Paint. (Windows only)
  • Make a Copy to Save Time: Make new pictures based on an original.
Computer Lessons for Beginners
Use Mouse or Touch Actions
Understand Computer Rules
Computer Activities for Beginners

Computer Lesson Plans for Elementary Students

Fun, engaging activities to hook student interest. Designed for beginners, these computer lessons teach about computer parts, mouse and touch actions, keyboarding, and computer care.

  • Identify computer parts and explain their function
  • Understand and follow computer rules
  • Classify computer behavior as a "do" or a "don't"
  • Use mouse or touch actions
  • Operate a computer competently and safely
  • Open and close a program
  • Create using digital tools
  • Type using the keyboard
  • Format the font, font size, font color, and font style
  • Save and print a document

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Primary and elementary students complete fun activities to earn a Computer Operator License. By making simple paintings they develop essential skills including how to open and close a program, select tools to perform a task, save and print, open a saved file, and type using the keyboard. Activities teach the function of computer hardware, mouse or touch terminology, and computer rules. TechStart computer lessons for beginners are a perfect way to start the school year!

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