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MBUSD Keyboarding Resources Information

It wasn’t that long ago that typing was only taught in high school and used mainly in clerical jobs. Today, children don’t know what a typewriter is and most households have multiple computers and other devices used by even the youngest family members. Keyboarding proficiency can no longer wait until high school—Children must start learning good typing skills as early as kindergarten so they can break free from the “hunt and peck” system. Schools and parents must work together to help students develop this essential 21st Century skill. Here’s what we are doing in Manhattan Beach to achieve this goal.

K-2nd Grades:  The skill of keyboarding will be introduced to students beginning in Kindergarten.  Kindergarteners and first graders will be introduced to keyboard and mouse/trackpad functions through web-based sites such like Key Seekers and Cup Stacker. Second Graders will be introduced to Dance Mat Typing or Typing.com as they begin to use home row keys and develop keyboarding stamina. Across the grades, keyboarding may be integrated into classroom activities as the teachers see fit. 

3rd-5th Grades:  The third-fifth graders use the online typing program Typing.com to increase keyboarding accuracy and speed.  Students are able to access Typing.com at school or from home, on any computer that has an Internet connection.  Students are being set up with accounts and will be able to log-on using their username and password. Typing.com tracks student progress on self-paced typing lesson and one, three, and five minute typing test can be taken at any time.  Fourth and fifth graders continue to practice typing sentences and paragraphs. The Common Core keyboarding standard for fourth graders is to achieve a minimum speed of 20 wpm speed at 95% accuracy on 1-minute timed writings. The standard for fifth grade students is to achieve a minimum speed of 24 wpm speed at 95% accuracy on 2-minute timed writings. Students may have the opportunity to practice at school in their classrooms, the library, or in a lab setting depending on the school. 

Keyboarding Related Common Core Standards


  • Practicing keyboarding skills at home is encouraged!  Students should try to practice often, but at very short intervals, no longer than 10 minutes at a time.  Most students enjoy the keyboarding practice, and will meet the standard within a year’s time. 
  • Keyboarding is addressed tangentially–saying students must be able to type # pages in a single sitting. (See CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.6 for example. The ‘pages in a single sitting’ starts in 4th grade and continues through 6th where it’s increased to three–see CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.6)
  • By 3rd grade, Common Core also discusses the use of keyboarding to produce work, i.e.,CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.6 which specifically mentions ‘use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills).
  • Keyboarding will be required to take SBAC assessments.
  • The CCSS are progressive–students are expected to learn material, then transfer that knowledge to the next grade level where they show evidence of having learned it by using it and building on it. Therefore, the notation to ‘produce and publish writing using keyboarding skills’ in 3rd grade carries into all successive grades.
  • Fulfillment of the CCSS will require a level of keyboarding expertise by 4th grade. To type one page in a single sitting in 4th grade means typing approx. 300 words without taking a break. At 25 wpm, that’s 14 minutes of straight typing. If 4th graders are slower than 25 wpm, the time commitment of sitting in front of a monitor goes up tremendously. For example, at 15 wpm, they would be typing non-stop for 20 minutes.

Keyboarding Resources


      

    MBUSD

    Standards/Objectives

    Website or App Resources

    Notes

     

    Kindergarten

    Pre Keyboarding Activities

    • Develop motor skills
    • Teach right and left hand identification
    • Introduce keyboard and mouse/trackpad functions

    Minimouse

    Elementary Mouse Practice Exercises: Ads

    Keyboarding Zoo

    Letter recognition; right and left hand

    Key Seeker

    Letter recognition; typing practice in game format

    Cup Stacker

    Letter recognition; typing practice in game format

    Keyboard Climber

    Typing practice in game format

    Alpha Munchies

    Typing practice in game format

    1st Grade

    Pre Keyboarding Lessons

    • Learn correct body and hand positions
    • Develop finger dexterity
    • Understand location of home row keys and finger placement
    • Demonstrate correct use of right and left hands
    • Identify letters and numbers on the keyboard
    • Practice typing letters and words
    • Learn drag and drop skills

    Keyboarding Zoo

    Letter recognition; right and left hand

    Fearless Frieda-The Big Kahuna

    Target word spoken; student types in word; game-like

    Keyboard Climber 2

    Typing practice in game format

    Type Rocket

    Engaging; No image of hand placement during activities

    Keyboard Invasion

    Engaging; No image of hand placement during activities

    2nd Grade

    Keyboarding Activities

    • Build typing muscle memory
    • Show correct body and hand positions
    • Understand movement of fingers on the keyboard
    • Master home row keys
    • Identify location of letters on upper and lower rows of the keyboard
    • Practice typing common letters, words, and sentences

    Dance Mat Typing

    Engaging; No image of hand placement during activities

    Typing.com

    Comprehensive program; teacher & student accounts; diagnostics; Google app

    Fearless Frieda-The Big Kahuna

    Audio word given; student types in word

    FreeTyping Games

    Ads; typing practice in game formats

    Keyboard Invasion

    Engaging; No image of hand placement during activities

    3rd Grade

    Review, Mastery, and Production

    • Show correct body and finger positions
    • Learn number and function keys
    • Keep eyes on copy
    • Use correct reaches from home row keys
    • Increase key accuracy from dictation and printed copy
    • Demonstrate correct fingering of period, comma and question mark
    • Demonstrate correct use of space bar, enter key, shift key and tab
    • Format and type paragraphs

    Dance Mat Typing

    Engaging; No image of hand placement during activities

    Typing.com

    Comprehensive program; teacher & student accounts; diagnostics; Google app

    Typing Club

    Tutorial; skill lessons; student diagnostics; redo feature

    Big Brown Bear/Type to Learn

    Lessons; student must type correctly to progress in lesson

    FreeTyping Games

    Ads; typing practice in game formats

    4th Grade

    Review, Mastery, and Production

    To Strengthen Muscle Memory and Improve Skills

    • Show correct body and finger positions
    • Keep eyes on copy
    • Demonstrate correct keyboarding technique while keying from dictation and printed copy
    • Review keys with teacher-directed keyboarding program

    To Demonstrate required speed and accuracy

    • Achieve minimum speed of 20 wpm speed at 95% accuracy on 1-minute timed writings.
    • Type one page in a single sitting.

               

    Typing.com

    Comprehensive program; teacher & student accounts; diagnostics; Google app

    Typing Club

    Tutorial; skill lessons; student diagnostics; redo feature

    Timed Typing Test

    Choice of passages and time limits; wpm given at end of test

    Power Typing

    Lessons, goals, and diagnostics; longer lessons for advanced practice

    TypeRacer

    Practice typing passages; adjusts level based on accuracy and speed

    Peter’s On-line Typing Course

    Tutorials & hints (lots of reading); lessons; redo or progress

    5th Grade

    Review, Mastery, and Production

    To Strengthen Muscle Memory and Improve Skills

    • Show correct body and finger positions
    • Keep eyes on copy
    • Demonstrate correct keyboarding technique while keying from dictation and printed copy
    • Review keys with teacher-directed keyboarding program

    To Demonstrate required speed and accuracy

    • Achieve minimum speed of 24 wpm speed at 95% accuracy on 2-minute timed writings.
    • Type two pages in a single sitting.

    Typing.com

    Comprehensive program; teacher & student accounts; diagnostics; Google app

    Typing Club

    Tutorial; skill lessons; student diagnostics; redo feature

    Timed Typing Test

    Choice of passages and time limits; wpm given at end of test

    Power Typing

    Lessons, goals, and diagnostics; longer lessons for advanced practice

    TypeRacer

    Practice typing passages; adjusts level based on accuracy and speed

    Peter’s On-line Typing Course

    Tutorials & hints (lots of reading); lessons; redo or progress

     6th Grade:  Achieve minimum speed of 27 wpm speed at 95% accuracy on 2-minute timed writings.  Type three pages in a single sitting.


     Other Typing Websites/Links (not reviewed)

    Air Typer

    All The Right Type

    AlphaAttack

    Alphabet Typing

    Alpha Drop

    Alpha Munchies

    Arachnid Falls

    Assault Typing (words)

    Bees and Honey Mouse Practice

    Bubbles Keyboarding Game

    Chameleon Fly Catcher (words, caps, punctuation)

    Click the Circles Mouse Practice

    Cup Stacking

      (practice using shift + letter for capitals)

    Dino Kids Trash Typer (words)

    Edit Dan's Copy

    Falling Words

    Fast Typer

    Finger Frenzy (have an ABC contest!)

    Focal Points (repeated letters)

    Fowl Words

    Frogs off their Diet

    Glencoe's Online Keyboarding

    Gyroshi (hard!)

    Home Key Kennys

    KeyBall

    KeyBlock

    Keyboard Climber

    Keyboard Revolution

    Keyboard Simon

    Keyboarding Ergonomics

    Keyboarding Exercises

    Keyboarding Zoo

    Keybr

    Keybricks

    Keyflex (finding letters)

    KeyMan

    KeySeeker (BEGINNER!!)

    Krazy Keys

    Learn to Type Home Row Keys

    Martian City Defender

    Meteor Game

    MiniMouse Mousing Practice

    Mouse Practice with One-to-One Correspondence

    Mouse Practice Drag and Drop the Trash

    Mouse Practice - Put Tadpoles in a Jar (Are you fast?)

    Mr. Kent's Typing Tutor

    NumPad Kenny's (number keypad practice)

    Online Typing Games

    Paratrooper Sheep Game

    Power Typing

    Same Game (Mouse Practice and Thinking Game!)

    Slate (Mouse Practice)

    Snail Invasion

    Space Bar Invaders

    Space Typwriter

    Speed Typing (words)

    Sunrise Typer Game

    Super Hyper Spider Typer

    The Typing of the Ghosts

    TouchTunes Mouse Practice

    Trick or Type

    Type and Pop!

    Type for your Life!

    Type It! (Home Row Practice)

    TypeRacer (paragraphs)

    Typeroids

    Type Storm

    Type Type Revolution

    Typing Adventure Level 1

    Typing Adventure Level 2

    Typing Challenge

    Typing Challenge 2

    Typing Chef

    Typing Defense

    Typing Monster

    Typing Passage

    Typing Speed Test

    Typing Speed Test at PlayKidsGames

    Typing Test for Speed and Accuracy

    Typing Tidepool

    Typing Treasures (easy)

    Typing with Burton

    Typo

    Typo II

    UpBeat! (Home Row practice)