Overview of Third Grade Computer Lab Curriculum

Each month has a theme in which all lessons for that month are based. The computer lab instructor also has options inside most lessons to lengthen or shorten the individual lessons where appropriate. You can complete as many lessons as possible within any given month; however, when the month is over, continue onto the next months lessons even if there are lessons from previous months that must be skipped.

As always, please feel welcome to go to http://months.wikispaces.com/August to find activities.

Third Grade is also a time where we are teaching the children about the computer as some children have never used a computer. Some of the basic skills introduced in Third Grade should be:
  • Basic Operations and Concepts
  • Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
  • Technology Productivity Tools
  • Technology Research Tools

The following experiences with technology and digital resources are examples of learning
activities in which students might engage during Grades 3–5 (ages 8–11):
1. Produce a media-rich digital story about a significant local event based on first-person interviews.
2. Use digital-imaging technology to modify or create works of art for use in a digital presentation.
3. Recognize bias in digital resources while researching an environmental issue with guidance from the teacher.
4. Select and apply digital tools to collect, organize, and analyze data to evaluate theories or test hypotheses.
5. Identify and investigate a global issue and generate possible solutions using digital tools and resources.
6. Conduct science experiments using digital instruments and measurement devices.
7. Conceptualize, guide, and manage individual or group learning projects using digital planning tools with teacher support.
8. Practice injury prevention by applying a variety of ergonomic strategies when using technology.
9. Debate the effect of existing and emerging technologies on individuals, society, and the global community.
10. Apply previous knowledge of digital technology operations to analyze and solve current hardware and software problems.

National Educational Technology Standards for Students
© 2007 ISTE

August- Review




September - Digital Citizenship





October- Word- Keyboarding Shortcuts



November- SmartNotebook/ Powerpoint




December- Publisher


January- Publisher


Feburary- Open Mind



March- Excel and Calculator



April- Paint/ Introduction to Photostory






May- Internet Research


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