Daily Lesson Planning
- Interact with "We use computers to write." Ask children to find certain letters. Mention fingering, if appropriate.
- If you have a computer and large-screen monitor in your classroom, launch a word-processing program. Have children find specific keys and press them, watching the characters appear on the screen. Ask those who are ready to key in words—especially their names.
- Implement “We use computers to write” (BB 31).
Choose from the following:
- Implement “We use computers to write words and sentences” (BB 32).
- Conduct a shared writing about a current topic of interest. Do the composing on a computer, using a large-screen monitor so the class can see it. Save the writing. Then, in a day or two, revisit it. Ask the children if they would like to change any words to make the writing better. Would they like to add words? Take words away? Move a sentence?
- Using a word-processing program, allow children to compose lists, sentences, stories, or other forms they are comfortable with. (You may discover eager writers when the computer is used for composing.)
- Offer online books as interactive opportunities for early learners. Consider stories that engage children in choral reading, echo reading, and supported literacy practice.
- Introduce artwork software. After children create art, have them label their pictures, write about the pictures, or dictate stories to a scribe. Writing can be done with a pencil or on a word processor.
- With help from the children, enter the “ABC Song” into a computer and display it on a large-screen monitor. Then implement "ABC Song."
A, B, C, D, E, F, G,
H, I, J, K, L-M-N-O-P,
Q, R, S, and T, U, V,
W, X, Y, and Z.
Now I know my ABC’s.
Next time, won’t you sing with me?
- Post children’s computer writing for others to see.
- Review procedures for using the computer in your classroom.