6th Grade Computer Curriculum
The student will be taught to:
1. Use a Word Processor.
2. Become familiar with computer terminology.
3. Develop an understanding of the history of computers.
4. Use simple software applications.
5. Use simple hardware applications.
6. Use the computer keyboard.
7. Apply basic research techniques.
8. Use proper care in the handling of hardware and software.
The student will be provided opportunities to:
I. Use a Word Processor to:
A. Create new documents.
B. Set document margins.
C. Insert/Delete text.
D. Cut, Copy and Paste.
E. Spell Check.
F. Save and retrieve documents from multiple sources.
G. Use an on-line thesaurus.
II. Become familiar with computer terminology through:
A. Identifying computer external components such as:
6. Light Pen
7. Drawing tablet.
B. Identifying data sources such as:
1. Floppy Disk Drives
3. Hard Drives
C. Use of Filenames such as:
1. Long file names
2. Extension – The 3 letter abbreviation at the end of each file.
3. File renaming.
4. File search criteria.
D. Identifying internal storage devices such as:
1. Floppy drive
2. Zip drive
3. Hard Drive
4. Tape Drive
III. Develop an understanding of the history of computers by:
A. Discussing the origins of computer’s such as:
1. History of Computers.
2. Evolution of Computers.
3. Contributors to the field of computers/famous people
B. Discussing commercial/industrial examples such as:
1. The importance of computers in the workplace.
2. Identifying different types of computers.
C. Discussing a computer’s purpose such as:
1. How computers are used at their parents workplace.
2. How computers help with their schoolwork.
3. How computers are used at home.
D. Discussing and applying copyright laws.
E. Discussing Software piracy.
IV. Use simple software applications by:
A. Correctly starting programs.
B. Identifying and utilizing “Help”.
C. Use of the Internet.
D. Using an Internet browser.
E. Evaluating software for applicable use.
F. Using graphics/image-editing programs.
V. Use simple hardware applications by:
A. Correctly saving files to disk.
B. Correctly retrieving files from disk.
C. Correctly deleting files from disk.
D. Properly using the mouse with both buttons.
VI. Use a computer keyboard to:
A. Utilize a typing tutor program to type consistently for 7 minutes.
B. Recognize specific keys by touch.
C. Be challenged to type 15 WPM/90% accuracy.
VII. Apply research techniques and applications by:
A. Defining research terminology.
B. Using a CD-ROM encyclopedia.
C. Using tutorials, help and online dictionaries.
D. Introducing Internet Search Engines.
E. Introducing search criteria techniques.
VIII. Become familiar with the proper care of hardware and software by:
A. Cleaning the computer regularly.
B. Learning not to eat or drink near a computer.
C. Learning how to handle storage media.
1. Computer Lab
2. Classroom Computers
5. Video Discs
6. Simulation Kits
The student will demonstrate the ability to:
Use a Word Processor.
Become familiar with computer terminology.
Develop an understanding of the history of computers.
Use simple software applications.
Use simple hardware applications.
Use the computer keyboard.
Apply basic research techniques.
Use proper care in the handling of hardware and software.