Elementary students are introduced to word processing by creating a personal journal. They write a series of entries using step by step, illustrated instructions. Students describe a recent event, make a note of favorite things, and list personal wishes. The text on each journal page is formatted and pictures are added to produce an appealing, eye-catching booklet. Project includes fun, engaging journaling activities.
Journal Writing With a Difference
Spark student interest with digital journals. Build writing skills and promote reflective thinking as students describe and illustrate their experiences. Make an imaginative, eye-catching booklet to share.
Inspiring Word Processing Lessons
Teach word processing using Google Docs or Microsoft Word to beginners with relevant, personally meaningful activities. Use the many story starter ideas provided or integrate journal activities with other curriculum areas. Write from the perspective of a character in a book, a historical figure, or noteworthy scientist. Samples include a pioneer diary and a field trip review.
Complete Resource Package for Busy Educators
Teacher Guide in PDF format includes curriculum planning, customizable assessment tools (student checklists, quiz, skill summary, marking sheet), program tool flashcards, parent letter, certificate, and sample journals to spark creativity. Student Workbook may be printed or used digitally in paperless classrooms.
Empower Young Learners
Use cutting-edge technology curriculum to develop powerful foundational skills needed to make students future-ready. The writing, communication, planning, and self-management skills achieved in this project are valuable personal attributes. TechnoKids projects teach vital critical thinking and solution seeking skills for life.
Rich Standards-Aligned Curriculum
TechnoKids correlation documents list the Common Core State Standards and International Society for Technology in Education Standards for each project. Identify, teach, and track the technology outcomes achieved.
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Assignment 1 Journal Writing
Read about journaling. Examine journals to ignite writing ideas.
Assignment 2 Be a Detective
Investigate the program window. Identify the function of common word processing tools.
Assignment 3 Create a Front Cover | Step 1
Begin a title page for the journal. Apply text formatting techniques to attract interest.
Assignment 4 Create a Front Cover | Step 2
Illustrate the journal title page. Explore simple picture formatting techniques.
Assignment 5 Yesterday Journal Entry
Write a journal entry about a recent event. Decorate using clip art and adjust the text wrapping.
Assignment 6 Things I Like Journal Entry
Write a journal entry about three favorite things using a bulleted list. Set the line spacing.
Assignment 7 Make a Wish Journal Entry
Write a journal entry listing three wishes using a numbered list. Apply a border to pictures.
Assignment 8 Complete the Journal
Proofread the journal using a checklist. Revise the spelling, content, and design of entries.
Assignment 9 Share the Journal
Prepare the journal for publication. Insert page numbers and then print the journal as a booklet.
Assignment 10 Print the Journal
Invite readers to respond to the journal by recording their reaction to a favorite entry.
Journaling Activities and Writing Ideas
- About the Keyboard: Introduce the function and location of keys.
- Journal Writing Ideas: Journal starter ideas inspire new entries.
Journal Writing Activities for Elementary Students using Google Docs or Word
Journaling is an ideal way to have students reflect upon their experiences. In addition to using the activities for creative writing, students can also write journal entries from the viewpoint of a child living in a different time, character in a story, or as a summary of a science unit. Develop word processing skills with fun, engaging ideas and journaling activities designed for elementary grades.
Express feelings and ideas in journal entries
Reflect on experiences
Write simple sentences
Use capital letters and punctuation correctly
Edit and revise pieces of writing
Accurately type using the keyboard
Format text and images to enhance a publication
Locate commands on the toolbar and menu bar
Solve design problems
Share a publication by email
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My school recently rolled out Google Apps for Education. This was a great introductory activity for my students to engage in to learn the basics of Google Docs. I have recommended this resource to other teachers.
I really like this project! Great to use at the beginning of the school year to cover some basics of Google Docs. I used it with a 7th grade class on all different levels. I was able to differentiate so that each kid could benefit from the project!
I used TechnoKids Google projects for our PK-2 tech lab. These programs have been a great tool in introducing Google projects to primary students.
I have been using the TechnoKids curriculum for a few years now! I recently purchased 2 new projects for Google Apps and LOVE the new Overview included with it!