Typing Curriculum for first grade that uses free online typing programs! (FULL YEAR)
Color Coordinated: Each Lesson will have a description and lesson plan color coordinated to each other and/or the incentive chart.
Standards: All Technology Standards are covered in my curriculum and “lesson instruction” lists any specific ideas/concepts/tasks that need to be completed to cover them.
Incentive Chart: Students put sticker up when they achieve lesson goals or mastery. Not only does this encourage them to work hard but it also helps keep track of student progress/make up work. The main reason this is so important is to make sure these basic fundamentals take hold. When I first started teaching the whole class did the same lesson every week, I noticed very quickly some of my students
falling behind or skipping lessons all together due to being absent. This caused
a lot of frustration for those students and they fell way behind.
Sub Plans: I don’t know about you but my days off are rarely planned. Usually I wake up to a sick kid or some other circumstance. On days like this it is hard to plan for the day because many lessons take too much teacher instructions since I see the kids only once a week. I have included sub plans for this reason. Something easy
for the sub to pull out and do with the students and keep you worry free. Another way you can use the sub plans is in the case of internet outage.
Please note that I always have plenty of lesson plans, probably more than you can use. Sometimes you will not be completely finished with your incentive chart and should just continue during the next quarter. This happens for multiple reasons. The most common reason is snow days or holidays! The second reason would be that I usually add extra to make sure you don’t have to do any extra thinking :) Please also note that I have included some extra activities at the end that you can always substitute or use in the case of a sub or loss of power. Although these activities don’t come with lesson plans, they are usually only used for one class in a crunch so they don’t need it.
Free Typing Sites Curriculum Written by Rachael
Why did I create this? Well to be honest we were paying way too much for our typing program and our school needed to crunch some money. I volunteered to change my teaching to help accommodate the red vs. black. (every little bit counts right?) I started off on one free website, then eventually went to another to accommodate my needs. Pretty soon I noticed the good, bad, and ugly of each and started to record them. This is how I started to document and write down what I liked and didn’t like, the order I thought worked best, why I used it, and a lesson plan to coordinate.
The small smiley face stickers or stars work best for my incentive chart. If you would rather make a big poster board sized incentive chart (how I started) simply buy a ghost lined board and highlight your bars. Label each goal and the kids love to see what is coming :) (I always did polka dots for games) Another fun idea for stickers is to get scratch and sniff stickers and give to them with their home row award! They love stickers and scratch and sniff makes them glow! Sometimes I hand them out for using the keyboard cover, that way they look forward to it even when things get frustrating!
I am so excited to create a curriculum that sets the foundations for the years to come! More grades to come soon!
(this could also be used for 2nd grade)