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What We Do at Typing Camp: Day 2

By Beth Newingham on May 21, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

After reviewing the keys that we learned on day 1 of Typing Camp, students use flip books to type sentences in Microsoft Word using specific fingers at a time. (I do not believe these books are available any longer, but here is a link to the Almena home page.) Of course you do not need to have a specific book. You can also create your own sentences for students to type or project sentences using a projector that is hooked up to a computer in your lab.

Since this activity can become quite boring after an hour or so, you can even ask students to write collaborative stories. They begin at one computer and write a single sentence. When you say switch, they move to the next computer and add a line to their classmate's story. This continues for a while until the stories have at least ten sentences. They are often humorous to read aloud at the end of the activity.

At the end of day 2, I give a demonstration of Type to Learn so that students are ready to begin using the program the following day.

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