Stay Safe Learn the Skills

Empowered Learner, Creative Communicator
Mona Lisa With Mask

Overview‚Äč

Students will be learning basic mouse skills since many students entering Kindergarten have spent a majority of their screen time using a device to tap instead of click and dragging.

Students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to click and drag objects with a mouse.
  • Be able to create a virtual mask.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Clicking: Clicking is using a mouse or mouse pad to move the cursor to a certain spot on the screen to tell the computer what you want it to do (most often the left mouse button)
     
  2. Click and drag: Clicking and dragging is holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse to move an object on the screen.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Familiarize yourself with the game and buttons you can use to create the mask at ABCYA's Make a Mask

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Demonstrate to students how a mouse works including hearing the clicking sound.  Show them the two buttons.

  2. Show on a projector how, when the mouse is moved around, the cursor moves as well.

  3. Go to the game (https://www.abcya.com/games/make-a-mask) and show how the different buttons are used to click or click and drag them onto the game surface.

  4. Have students go to the game and practice on their own.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Observe students as they are working with the mouse or on the mouse pad. Help and correct, as necessary.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Creative Communicator
6a. Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6c. Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Websites:
ABCYA Make a Mask

 

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

The skills are transferable to games and activities in this curricular area.

The skills are transferable to games and activities in this curricular area.

The skills are transferable to games and activities in this curricular area.

The skills are transferable to games and activities in this curricular area.

The skills are transferable to games and activities in this curricular area.

CREDITS
This task card was created by Andrew Tomashewsky, Carrollton Public Schools, November, 2020.