Back to Elementary
- Over 95% of computer time is spent
with word processing and email.
- We often forget the importance of
teaching process writing when using a word
processor. The power of the word processor
is flexibility. Too often students only
have time to "type" their
- Explore topics for word
- Word Processing
- Open any word processor and try the following
- Activity One: Brainstorm
- Create a list of things that people throw away.
Create major recycling categories. Move "throw away"
words into categories. Practice copy and paste,
indentation, font sizes and style.
- Activity Two: Add Color
- Write a sentence. Put it in a cool color. Add to
another student's paragraph in another color. Edit in
your color. Add adjectives and adverbs. Add more
action. Do some editing.
Activity Three: Create a Postcard
- Explore the state
postcard site. Think about a place that you've
visited. Or, pretend you've visited a cool place. Find
a picture at Yahooligans
Downloader. Read more about states on the Internet
States. Create a postcard in HyperStudio or
KidPix. Add a graphic and write about your
- Activity Four: Authentic Documents, Audio,
- Go to All
About Birds or one of the other Zoom
sites. Choose a visual, document, or audio to serve as
the focal point for a project.
Copy and paste the visual, document, or audio
into your word processing file. Use facts and pictures
in a story about your animal.
- Activity Five: Extend
- Start a short poem. Go to the Research-It
site. Find a rhyming word to use in your poem.
- Activity Six: Reach Out
- Use the Ask-An-Expert
site or AskA+Locator
site to locate an expert that could answer a question
for your class. Write an email message that contains
the following elements:
- Your school, name, and grade level
- Your interest in the topic
- Your question
- A thank you statement
Developed by Annette
Lamb, 7/99. Updated