4th Grade - Basic Keyboarding Skills

Research and Technology
Basic keyboarding skills
Demonstrate basic keyboarding skills and familiarity with computer terminology (e.g., cursor, software, memory, disk drive, hard drive). (research - technology)
Ability to type accurately (without many mistakes) at a decent pace and use the basic parts of the computer (e.g. mouse, cursor, etc.). Also identify the main parts of a computer (e.g. monitor, keyboard, mouse, disk drive, hard drive, etc.).

Sample Problems


What is the main part of a computer that helps it function? (hard drive)


What are computer programs called? (software)


Where do computers store information? (in the memory)


What are different types of disk drives? (floppy, compact disc (CD/DVD), etc.)


What is the job of a cursor? (it is connected to the mouse and selects information, open programs, etc.)

Learning Tips


Students can play simple games found on CDs such as Math Blaster, Reading Blaster, etc. to practice using the disk drives and software.


Students can practice typing in applications such as Word Perfect or Microsoft Word.


Students can insert images from the Internet or Clipart files into applications such as Word Perfect, Microsoft Word, or Paint.


Students can play standard games included in the basic computer hard drive, such as Solitaire, Minesweeper, Freecell, Hearts, etc.)


Students can practice manipulating the mouse in the Paint application.

Extra Help Problems


Are the letter and number keys on a keyboard in the same places on all computers and typewriters? (usually, yes)


Are the keys on a keyboard in alphabetical order? (no)


Where are numbers on a keyboard? (along the top, in numerical order)


Where can you find punctuation on a keyboard? (on the right side)


What does the “Caps Lock” button do? (makes all type in capital letters)


What is the “tab” key for? (indenting at the beginning of a paragraph; moving from cell to cell in a table)


What does the “home” button do? (makes cursor jump to the front of a line)


What does the “end” button do? (makes cursor jump to the end of a line)


What does the “Page Up” button do? (makes cursor scroll up a page)


What does the “Page Dn” button do? (makes cursor scroll down a page)


What does “Esc” stand for? (Escape – to escape a window or program)


What keys do Macintosh (Macs) and Personal Computers (PCs) not share? (The Apple key, the Windows key; enter VS return)


What are the functions of the “Backspace” and “Delete” keys? (the “Backspace” key deletes information from right to left; the “Delete” key deletes information from left to right)


What fingers rest on the long Space key? (the thumbs)


What characters are in “homerow”? (A, S, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, ;)


What words can the letters in “homerow,” or middle row, spell? (sad, fads, gas, had, lad, etc.)


What characters are in the top row? (Q,W,E,R,T,Y,U,I,O,P)


What words can the letters in the top row spell? (two, rip, pit, pottery, port, out, route, etc.)


What characters are in bottom row”? (Z,X,C,V,B,N,M,,,.,/)


What words can the letters in the top row spell? (none – there’s no vowels!)


What are the vowels and where are they located on the keyboard? (A,E,I,O,U and sometimes Y… Mostly on the top row except A, which is the first letter on the middle row).


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