Welcome Parents and Students!
Thank you for taking time to visit the class web site. On this page, you can learn what to expect in Ms. Browning's class. You can also see examples of some of the work we will be doing in 5th grade Computers.
The 5th grade curriculum focuses on the basics. We spend the first two weeks learning about the responsibilities placed on students when they sign the AUP. (Download Acceptable Use Policy in Word Format)
After a thorough orientation to the computer lab we move on to learning computer terminology, recognizing and navigating the application windows in Microsoft programs, and getting comfortable with Word, Excel and Publisher. The course meets 5 days a week for 12 weeks. Class periods are approximately 40 minutes.
Each day, we start out with a warm up - it might be 5 minutes of keyboard practice, or it could be a series of questions from the previous day's lesson. New material is introduced almost daily with plenty of practice time and time to complete assigned work.
In addition to projects, there are 4 written quizzes: one covering the AUP, and one for each application we study (Word, Excel and Publisher). Written quizzes are worth half the points of the major hands-on projects.
Parents, when your child starts Computer class you will receive a letter detailing classroom policies. Here are some highlights:
Class grades are based on a combination of in-class assignments, quizzes, homework (rare), and participation. Computers is a “specials” class and therefore students are graded on an S/U basis according to the following percentages:
Progress reports are sent home periodically - expect them. Students receive homework points for returning progress reports signed by a parent or guardian.
Since not all students have a computer at home, plenty of class time is given to complete projects. In the event a student needs extra time, he/she may sign up to use the lab during lunchtime or before school. Homework is rare, and it generally does not require use of a computer to complete.
Learn to type without looking at the keyboard. If you get to 20 WPM, you’ll get a certificate!
Create dazzling documents in Microsoft Word. Learn how to insert pictures you take with the digital camera.
Discover the power of Microsoft Excel – a program that does math for you. You can even figure out your own grade!
Create complex documents such as newsletters, flyers and invitations using Microsoft Publisher. Impress your friends by creating business cards.