SBAC Tech Skills: Grades 3 & 4

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In third and fourth grade, there are several technology skills that can be taught to better prepare students for the Smarter Balanced (CCSS). 

These skills include:

  • Mouse Practice
  • Keyboarding
  • Navigation
  • Drag & Drop

Each SBAC Tech Skills lesson should be 30 minutes in length (20 minutes for skills, 10 minutes for keyboarding in grade 3-6). You can check the student's understanding and mastery of this skill by asking the three guiding questions provided in each lesson. The following activities target these technology skills, and whenever possible align with the ELA and/or Math CCSS. 


Checking for Understanding 

SBAC Tech Skills Checklist 

Mouse Practice

Download: Mouse Practice Lesson 

SkillActivities and DescriptionCCSS      
Scroll Practice                                          
Students will visit Scroll Practice and follow directions to practice using the mouse. 

Using Math Maven students are expected to apply their mouse skills by scrolling through prompts to solve the math mystery and answer the question.  
Highlight Text Using Highlighting Text students will wear headphone, listen to the directions and practice highlighting text. 

Students will visit Grade 3 Proofreading Makes Perfect and Grade 4 Proofreading Makes Perfect to practice correcting grammar, spelling usage, and punctuation. Students will need to practice highlighting text, and placing cursor in specific locations in the text.     
 Mouse Clicking   Students will play Mouse Clicking to improve the speed and accuracy of mouse clicking. 

Using Spelling Bees students will practice their speed and accuracy of using the mouse.  



Download: Keyboarding Lesson

SkillActivities and DescriptionCCSS
KeyboardingStudents will use Dance Mat Typing to practice typing skills, choose your level.                                            ELA            
KeyboardingStudents will use Typing Club to follow sequential format for improving a variety of typing skills. ELA
Number Pad Practice          Using Number Pad Practice students will focus on using the number key pad and will practice using the number pad for speed and accuracy

Students will play Math Quiz to improve their multiplication fluency while practicing using the number key pad.          



Download: Navigation Lesson

SkillActivities and DescriptionCCSS
Understanding Symbols      Using Word Clouds for Kids students will practice interpreting how to navigate an activity by creating content-specific word clouds. ELA            
Writing into FieldsUsing The Friendly Letter Creator, students will practice typing into fields.

Esperanza Rising will allow students to respond to prompts by typing into fields. Once finished, they have the option of printing their writing. 
Navigating VideosIn Study Jams, students can watch videos and play supplemental games on a variety of topics tied to 
CCSS Math standards. Play a video, use navigation tools, and learn! 
Multiple Navigation Skills Using Story Starters, students will use a variety of navigation skills including locating hotspots, toggling to advance to next screen and
typing into fields to create a story. 


Drag & Drop 

Download: Drag & Drop Lesson 

SkillActivities and DescriptionCCSS         
Drag and Drop                    Using Thinking Blocks, students will model and solve word problems while practicing their navigation and drag and drop skills. 

Using Clean Up Your Grammar, students will practice dragging and dropping by sorting verbs and nouns.







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