Activities that take place the first few weeks.
First three days: Here are some quick wordprocessing activities that take
place the first few days of school. We like to get the students
in the lab right away creating something very simple. The following
activities use Microsoft Word and the students review the basics
as well as inserting clip art, turning on text wrap, and placing a
border on the page.
8th Grade Orientation
We bring all the students into
the lab for a quick orientation to check logon procedures. Mr. Croft used to do this 'timeline' in class. We
turned it into a mini tutorial on searching the internet.
Tips - These are the tips we have up on the wall. These
tips become the first search skills lesson.
Grade Orientation - Internet Search - This is the activity. Each
paragraph represents one year in the 8th grader's life. The
events in each paragraph took place in the same year. Using the new
search skills, the students try and identify the year that goes with
Bayne Poetry Unit-2nd and 3rd Week
This teacher brings in the 6th graders 4-5 times the first week
to type these simple poems. She likes to start with this unit on
poetry because the kids can create 3-4 documents and have success immediately,
while learning the basics of MS Word.
7th Grade Science
This is an assignment where the students have to start thinking metophorically
from the start. They locate pictures using Clipart.com that represent
the size of the wave lengths of the spectrum.
The Meet Me Stack - A quick multimedia project, three cards, 4 buttons,
import a background, insert a graphic object and manipulate a few text
objects. Now, move on to the curricular projects. Buttons don't
work on this example but you get the idea.
7th Grade Word/Internet Orientation
We inserviced the whole 7th grade with this procedure. It takes about
6-7 days but when they are done they have a decent understanding of MS
Word as well as some search skills under their belt.