This lesson is intended to have young students explore areas of the keyboard that they may not normally pay attention to. Let’s have some fun!
What you will need:
Snorkle glasses (or make your own!)
Puffy Stickers of marine life, scuba divers, etc.
An e-book about underwater adventures (or make your own!)
A computer with a screen reader that has a keyboard help mode plus an open Notepad document
OR a computer with a typing program that has an “open typing” feature. If you do not have one of these, you can download a trial versions of Learn Keys from APH.
A piece of blue paper with “Keyboard Exploration” (in large print or Braille) written at the top of the page.
**OPTIONAL: A snorkel toy (like Michelle The Underwater Adventurer) or a snorkel set.
Explore the keyboard by touch– How is the space bar different from the other keys on the keyboard? Tell me how to find the arrow keys with my eyes closed? Find the F and J keys- describe how they feel different from other keys on the keyboard. What shape is the shift key? Where is the “six pack”? Where is the num pad? Where is the numbers row?
Explore mentally– What do you think the Page Down key will do? What do you think the Num Lock key does? The F1 key has a picture of a question mark on it- what do you think pressing F1 will do? What does Print Screen do? Which keys do I press to make an @ symbol?
For each one your students find on their own, give them a puffy sticker to represent the things they “found” while exploring to place on their Keyboard Exploration sheet.
If you are feeling brave (or silly), ask if we should smell or taste our keyboards. What do you think the keyboard would smell like? (So far, my favorite answer to this question has been “letters”.)
What do you think the keyboard would taste like? (Likewise, “my fingers” still makes me giggle.)