Worksheet Memorization Activity •••
This keyboarding/Typing worksheet challenges students to create their own giant keyboard from a blank template. It is a cut-and-paste activity that has the students cut out each letter of the keyboard along with its symbol (A-Ape, B-Bagpipes, and so on) and place them on the blank keyboard. Once they confirm that their placements are correct, they can glue down the letters & symbols. Students can then color their keyboard to create their own reference poster. 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 and eventually get used to touch typing through muscle memory. This worksheet is set to print on two standard (8½” x 11”) pieces of paper, but it is high enough resolution to be printed at a larger size, if you prefer.