Many kindergarten students have a lot of experience with using touch skills on tablets, but limited experience using a computer mouse. Recently, we have been working on developing clicking and dragging skills using some online games. Students are also learning to navigate back and forth through our links on Learning Links and also learning to scroll up and down. Here is what we did during our lesson on Friday.
Students sortted objects by dragging them into the box with the correct color. When they sort all the objects of one color, the objects animate and spin!
Make a Face
Students drag and drop elements to decorate a face. They had to scroll down to get the game into the center of their screen.
This game is a kid favorite where kids decorate their own castle!
We used an easy and then a more challenging puzzle game where students needed to be precise with their drag and drop.
Although the students think they are simply having fun playing games, they actually are improving their mouse skills while learning to navigate the internet!
This past week the first graders were introduced to some online games that I call “Don’t Give Up Games.” Each of these games has features that require them to work with perseverance to complete tasks or levels that get progressively harder. Students also continued to refine their mouse skills and their ability to navigate websites during this lesson.
Mouse Control is a game with levels that progressively get harder as students use the mouse to roll over, click, and drag. Students enjoy the funny mouse voice that gives directions for each level.
Pack a Picnic is a Berenstain Bears game from PBS. Students have to search for objects by clicking on doors, drawers, and containers. Sometimes the objects are hard to find. One student could not find where the cookies were hidden. She returned to the game later in the class, and proudly let me know when she found them hidden in a cookie jar!
Ballistic Biscuit has been a favorite game with my students throughout the years. Students need to control their mouse to keep their tube from hitting objects in the water. Students never tire of trying over and over to reach the higher levels and get points.
The Maze game presents the students with harder and harder mazes which they work through by clicking the rocket forward. They have to be very observant and focused to find the correct paths.
This series of online activities is a great way to talk with students about how their skills will grow as they keep practicing and trying. We will be starting to do some keyboarding games next week, and we will draw parallels between these “fun” games and the challenges that beginning keyboarding sometimes presents to early learners.
I keep all of these games and more in this online collection of Learning Links for Early Learners.
Our second grade students have been working on their keyboarding skills using Dance Mat Typing. They are doing a great job learning to use all their fingers to type! As the students work through the lessons, there are cute animated music videos to help the students learn the letters. I caught this cute moment with two students enjoying the song!
Here are our Keyboarding Learning Links for Dance Mat Typing and other keyboarding games.
Use these links to brainstorm ideas about what you would need to know to build a good environment for an animal:
McPheeter’s Class Answer Garden Link
Bricker Class Answer Garden Link
Use these links to research about the environments where animals live:
World Book Encyclopedia Login – see your teacher for the login and password if needed, then click STUDENT
National Geographic Animals – click on the picture links or type the name of an animal in the search box
Animals A to Z – by location
Animals A to Z – in alphabetical order
Oakland Zoo Animals – locate by animal group
Detroit Zoo Animal Habitats – click on the links on the left side to go to a habit, then look at the bottom left to see animal links
Arkive – endangered animals, this one is a little harder to read
If you cannot find your answer using the links above, here are kid friendly search engines you may use. I will explain how to use this later – please wait to use:
Kid Rex Search Engine
Kiddle Search Engine
Here are some links for our back to school activities for Technology Lab (for the first week of school):
Socrative Review Game Link
NS Teens Challenge
We have a great collection of interactive Christmas/December links at Learning Links. Our students enjoy playing them on the computer, but they also work great on the SmartBoard! Today the second grade classes enjoyed using them during technology class.