Lesson 2- Efficiency

Content Area: Efficiency
Lesson Number: 2
Time Required: 30-40min

The Big Ideas

Essential Understandings:
  • Students will understand proper hand placement on the home row and which fingers are responsible for which keys on the entire key board.
  • Students will understand why it is important to use specific fingers to control certain keys.
  • Students will see how each finger moves fluently to its designated keys.
Essential Questions:
  • How can we ensure students memorize and understand which fingers use which keys
  • Why is it more efficient to use certain fingers for certain keys than typing with just one finger on each hand.

Vocabulary: Home row, bump keys,

New York State Standards Addressed:

Evidence of Student Understanding:
Teacher will observe students beginning to type with all of their fingers rather than just a few of them.

At the end of the session, students will hand in typed words and teacher will see which understand the process and able to type correctly and which are not.

Materials Required:
Computer lab/ keyboards
Keyboard paper handout

Lesson Preparation:
Reserve computer time

Specific Purpose(s) or Objective(s):
  • To teach students to correct way to type on a key board and the correct fingers to use while typing.
  • To help students become more efficient typists

Lesson Sequence
1)   Review the home-row keys on the key board and make sure that all students understand where the fingers go.  Have students demonstrate how to put their hands and fingers in the correct places before continuing.

2)   Explain that from this home-row, our fingers are individually responsible for other keys on the key board.  Ask if a student thinks they know which buttons the index fingers on right and left hands would be responsible for.

3) Distribute handout that color codes the home-row keys, and also the keys that each home-row finger is responsible for using.  (Attached “color coded keyboard”)  

4) As students follow along, discuss the movement of each finger (starting from left pinky and working across to right pinky) as the chart shows it.

5) As you are discussing each, have students mimic the finger movements you name.  If they become confused, have them look back at their charts to see which finger is supposed to control which key.

6) Once students are demonstrating a basic understanding, it is time to have they try typing using the correct finger to key movements.
For this, have students type the words on the worksheet using the hands designated. (attached “right hand left hand”)

At the end, have students print their typing work and hand it in.  This will allow for you to see which students are struggling and which are beginning to understand it better.

Extension Activities:
For students who are still not understanding or able to perform the proper finger movements, have them take their paper keyboards and practice the finger movements at home.

If students have access to computers at home, have them practice typing the words on the sheet given in class.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:

How did it go?  What would I do differently next time?





Needs major overhaul.

OK but not as strong as this needs to be.

Overall lesson concept solid but some kinks

to work out.

Powerful teaching and learning happened today!

Dana Pompa,
Nov 17, 2010, 7:06 PM
Dana Pompa,
Nov 17, 2010, 7:06 PM