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Curriculum
Show and Tell
Grade: K-2
Subject(s): Word Processing
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor
Materials
  • Tool Factory Word Processor
  • Digital photographs (optional)
    Overview
    Students familiarize themselves with the basic functions of word processing: using the mouse and keyboard, clicking on the page, typing a word, adding a picture or pictures from the bank. With teacher direction, the student learns to select a picture from the bank and click to add it to their page. Students then type their own words, or string together letters to try to form words anywhere on the page. The teacher may then help the student by typing words and sentences dictated by the student to describe the picture.
    Instructions
    1) Teacher opens Tool Factory Word Processor, having configured the program for each student's needs and capabilities.
    2) Student, with the help of the teacher, selects a picture from the bank and adds it to the page.
    3) Student searches the word bank, selects, and adds words to go with/describe the pictures.
    4) Student attempts to form words describing the picture by typing letters on the keyboard.
    5) Teacher types words and sentences dictated by the student.
    6) Completed "Show and Tell" project is saved, printed out and shared with the class.
    Follow-up Activities
    Students take digital photographs of items/places/events/people with the help of their parents.

    Teachers enter digital images in Tool Factory Word Processor. Students type around these personal images to "tell" about them.
    Tutorials
  • Using the bank:
  • Adding a picture from the bank
  • Adding words from the bank
  • Editing text:
  • Changing size and color of text
    Cross-Curriculum Ideas
    Science: Show and tell about animals, plants
    Math: Show and tell about objects of a variety of shapes
    Social Studies: Show and tell about a place
    Language Arts: Show and tell about a book
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Example
  • Instructions
  • Template
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Example
  • Instructions
  • Template
    Weblinks
  • Global Show and Tell
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Language Arts Standards: Writing Standard 1, Level 1, #6: Student uses writing and other methods (e.g., drawing pictures, using letters or phonetically spelled words, telling, dictating, making lists) to describe familiar persons, places, objects, or experiences.