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This keyboarding/Typing worksheet challenges students to color code the keyboard according to which fingers type each letter. They identify each zone by looking at patterned markings on the keyboard. When they are finished color coding, they can color in the letters (and the fingernails of each hand) so that they can use the finished worksheet to practice touch typing. This worksheet can be used by itself, or as part of the KeyboardLand system. It was designed to help students master the Common Core writing standards and prepare them for success on computer based assessments like PARCC and Smarter Balanced. Like so many schools, our school no longer has enough time in the school week for direct keyboarding instruction, so I was worried that my students would get distracted during computerized writing assessments because many of them had a tendency to take a long time hunting-and-pecking for the keyboard letters—instead of being able to focus on the content of their writing. I created a series of mnemonic mini-lessons and worksheets to help my students learn the keyboard as quickly as possible and start getting used to touch typing through muscle memory. The packet includes a black and white worksheet for students, as well as a color answer key that can be projected at the front of the room, or printed out.