Worksheet Memorization Activity •••
This keyboarding/Typing worksheet challenges students to (a) color code their keyboard according to the finger positions, and (b) write in the missing letters. In case they need help, there are some upside-down clues at the bottom of the page. There are suggested colors for each zone on the worksheet, but you can use your own color codes for each zone if you already have a preferred system in place. You can also have the option of providing the students with the included answer key. 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.