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Third Grade


  • ISTE/NETS: Creativity and Innovation
  • Big Idea: Information, Communication and Productivity

Students will be introduced to and practice:



Resources and Activities

Select appropriate productivity tools to complete tasks

Use correct keyboarding posture.

Proper body position (Sit up straight.)


Proper position of keyboard (center with body)


Correct wrist & elbow placement

Use two hands while typing.

Left hand should be used for keys on the left side of keyboard, and right hand used for keys on the right side.

Use thumbs for space bar.

Use home row keys (Finger Positioning).

Identify the home row keys.

Use keys other than home row.

(e.g., m c, b, p, w, g, q, u)

Use special key.

Esc (escape)

Teacher Demonstration

Focus on speed and accuracy

Students will be introduced to and practice:




Recognize a word processing document.


Microsoft Word

Identify the purposes of a word processing document.


Teacher Discussion

Answer questions relating to a word processing document.


Teacher Discussion

Edit a word processing document.


Microsoft Word

Use upper and lower case letters appropriately.


Microsoft Word

Use correct spacing.

One space between words

Microsoft Word


One space after punctuation

Microsoft Word


Enter key to create blank lines

Microsoft Word


Delete or Backspace key to delete blank lines.

Microsoft Word


Delete key to delete individual letter/character to the right

Microsoft Word



Backspace to delete individual letter/character to the left

Microsoft Word

Apply changes to Text.

Change the font.

Microsoft Word


Change the size of text.

Microsoft Word


Change the text color.

Microsoft Word

Apply Style Changes.

Bold, Underline, Italics

Microsoft Word

Set alignments.

Center, left, right

Microsoft Word

Use list formats.

Bulleted, Numbered

Microsoft Word

Use Spell Check to check a document.


Microsoft Word

Format a document with two or more columns.


Microsoft Word

Insert Breaks.

Page, Section, Column

Microsoft Word

Create Header and Footer


Microsoft Word

Use the tab key to ident paragraph.


Microsoft Word

Format/align picture/clip art.


Microsoft Word

Students will be introduced to and practice:



Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Recognize a spreadsheet document.


Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Identify purposes of a spreadsheet.

Identify entry bar/formula bar.

Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Answer questions using a spreadsheet.


Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Give specific directions, students will enter data into a spreadsheet.


Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Display and print spreadsheet.

With and without Gridlines

Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Print specific and/or non-consecutive pages.


Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Charts/Graphs - Answer questions using a computer-generated chart/graph.


Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Create a basic chart/graph.

Resize Charts,  Move Charts

Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Use a graph as a class to make predictions.


Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Use a prepared spreadsheet to create a graph


Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

As a class, use a graph to produce results and make informed decisions to answer real-life questions.


Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Format various parts of chart.

Title the Chart and Label

Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Format the text appearance in a chart.

Font and size, style, and color

Microsoft Excel (Teacher Directed)

Students will be introduced to and practice:




Create multimedia projects individually or as a class activity using age-appropriate software.



Create a simple presentation.

New slide, textboxes, picture from clip art, picture from a file



Word art, diagram




Background color and design theme

Microsoft Powerpoint (Teacher Directed)


Bullets and numbering, text (appropriate font, size, and color)

Microsoft Powerpoint (Teacher Directed)


Alignment, picture (size and shape)

Microsoft Powerpoint (Teacher Directed)

Set up a Slide Show.


Microsoft Powerpoint (Teacher Directed)

Setup Slide Transition.


Microsoft Powerpoint (Teacher Directed)

Delete Slide


Microsoft Powerpoint (Teacher Directed)

Choose appropriate layout.

Title Slide, bulleted list, slide order

Microsoft Powerpoint (Teacher Directed)

Use rules of good presentations.

Content is clearly stated, design is pleasing to the eye, and design is consistent.


Students will be introduced to and practice:







  • ISTE/NETS: Communication and Collaboration
  • Big Idea: Information, Communication and Productivity

Students will be introduced to and practice:


Resources and Activities

Identify how the community uses telecommunications in everyday activities (e.g, business, library, education institutions, and government).



List advantages and disadvantages of using telecommunications.



Describe ways in which telecommunications tools promote collaboration, research, publication, communication, and productivity.



Explain the use of cell phones.



Explore finished products that have been electronically created (e.g., graphs, charts, signs, banners, etc.)



As a class, participate in collaborative problem-solving activities using interactive communications and online resources (e.g., email, online).




Design, create and participate in projects which will be published online.



Students will be introduced to and practice:



Resources and Activities

Define e-mail.


Introduce school email account

Understand and use netiquette.

Use language that does not include profanity, social insensitive remarks or insults.

Digital Drivers License

Give examples of the appropriate use of email and/or purpose of email (e.g., ask an expert, permission to use others’ work, collaboration with peers around the world, communication, submit assignments to teachers, and communicate with prospective colleges).


Digital Drivers License

Give examples of inappropriate use of email (e.g., chain mail, flaming, phishing, personal gain, junk mail).


Digital Drivers License

Explain why a password needs to be kept secret.


Digital Drivers License

Students will be introduced to and practice:



Resources and Activities

Explain the purpose of a presentation (e.g., communication, show knowledge of subject content, share information and publish).



Create and publish products collaboratively for audiences inside and outside the classroom using technology tools (e.g., multimedia or presentation).



Use technology communication to participate in online group projects and learning activities (e.g., AISDOnline).


Digital Drivers License

Use interactive communications to access remote information, and to communicate with others in support of direct and independent learning.



Create and/or modify multimedia projects individually or as a class activity using age-appropriate software (e.g., Microsoft photo story).



Use templates to present written communication.



Identify and discuss the use of multimedia tools to report content area information (e.g., United Streaming, Brain Pop).










  • ISTE/NETS: Research and Information Fluency
  • Big Idea: Research, Inquiry/Problem-Solving and Innovation

Students will be introduced to and practice:


Resources and Activities

Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate use of the Internet.

Education-based research (e.g., gathering data)

Digital Drivers License

Identify and/or use Internet Terms.

Home Page, favorites/Bookmarks, homeicon, address bar

Teacher Directed


Links, back, forward, stop, refresh, WWW, URL

Teacher Directed

Identify and/or use Internet Terms.

Search Engine, Keywords

Teacher Directed

Identify parts of a URL.

http, www, .com, .gov, .edu, .org, .html

Digital Drivers License

Open web browser & use the Home, Back, & Forward buttons.


Teacher Directed

Identify the AISD/School Home Page.


Teacher Directed

Enter a URL.


Teacher Directed


Add favorites/bookmarks.

Teacher Directed


Remove a favorite/bookmark.



Create folders to organize favorites.


Understand the function of links.

Use links (e.g., displayed in text and graphic format).

Use search engine(s) to find specific information.


Google/google account

Use keywords when searching.


Specific wording-teacher directed

As a class, discuss when an Internet search may be effective.


Specific wording-teacher directed

Use appropriate bibliographic citations for electronic resources(e.g., web page, data source, picture, music, video, journal article).


Librarian/Digital Drivers License

Define Plagiarism.


Librarian/Digital Drivers License

Critique web resources for validity of information.

Reliability (Does it come from a personal website or a recognized web domain?)

Teacher Directed


Bias (Is the author reputable? What are the author's credentials?)



Corroboration (Do similar sources present similar information?)


Identify and explain the difference between fact and opinion.


Teacher Directed


As a class/group, use teacher-selected Internet resources to locate, discuss, and compare information within content areas.



Use web activities for problem-solving and critical thinking.



Demonstrate knowledge of Information Technology (e.g., AISD Online Scrimmages, Quizzes, and Assessments).



Discuss the various types of technology used in careers (e.g., barcode scanners, handhelds).



As a class activity, use electronic databases to conduct keyword search/filters to meet information needs (e.g., online catalog.)


Teacher Directed

Use multimedia resources to support learning (e.g., interactive books, educational software, and elementary multimedia).



As a class activity, use other resources for gaining information to answer essential questions (e.g., electronic, print, people).



Discuss the Internet as a source of information at school, home, and at the public library.



Gather and use information from a variety of resources (e.g., websites, CD ROM encyclopedia, video, audio).






  • ISTE/NETS: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Big Idea: Research, Inquiry/Problem-Solving and Innovation

Students will be introduced to and practice:


Resources and Activities

As a team or individually, employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real-world.

Use an electronic database to gather resources to answer essential questions.


Use appropriate technology tools to successfully engage in higher-order thinking activities.







  • ISTE/NETS: Digital Citizenship
  • Big Idea: Safety and Ethical/Social Issues

Students will be introduced to and practice:


Resources and Activities

Acknowledge ownership of own work (e.g., put name on work).



Explain that one must have permission to use another person's works or any part of that person’s work.


Librarian/Digital Drivers License

Identify and cite sources.

Photographs (Resource must be on the same page with picture.)





Identify the copyright symbol.



Demonstrate knowledge of Copyright Materials.

Commercial Software


Identify and explain public domain, shareware



Demonstrate legal use of software.



Explain the legal implications of viruses, hacking, offensive material, and vandalism.

Define hacker. Define Piracy.


Explain the social implications of viruses, hacking, offensive material, and vandalism (e.g., Economic impact on businesses attacked).



Sign and discuss the AISDNet User Agreement Form.



Explain acceptable and unacceptable computer use for students in AISD according to the AISDNet User Agreement Form.



Explain the consequences of violating the AISDNet User Agreement.



Compare attributes of the physical community (where we live) and the cyber community.



Describe online situations that may make you feel uncomfortable.



Compare rules that concern communications between strangers and trusted adults in the physical community with the cyber community.




Explain that a good citizen is a person who follows rules in a community. A cybercitizen obeys the rules of the online cyber community.



Discuss how a stranger can pretend to be a friend in cyberspace.



Identify a stranger as someone whom you and your parents don't know.



Identify the characteristics of personal information.



Explain potential risks to personal safety when supplying personal information, choosing a screen name, and selecting a password.



Recognize and discuss the difference between e-mail, instant messaging, online bulletin boards, blogs, social chat rooms, and online communities.



Describe what to do when an unintended website is entered.



Discuss and follow the five Safety Tips published by the FBI for protecting oneself online.

Never give out personal information such as your name, home address, school name, or telephone number in a chat room or on bulletin boards. Also, never send a picture of yourself to someone you chat with on the computer without your parent's permission



Never write to someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.



Never meet someone or have them visit you without the permission of your parents.






Tell your parents right away if you read anything on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.



Remember that people online may not be who they say they are.  Someone who says that ‘she’ is a ‘12’ year-old girl’ could really be an older man.


As a class, group, or individual, recognize, discuss, and model responsible and safe behavior using online resources.



Discuss the importance of ethnical, responsible, and safe behavior when using networked digital information.



Explain why a password needs to be kept secret.



Discuss the importance of being a responsible citizen when using technology.



Participate in Internet projects.



Use internet safety skills.



Respect other people's point of view and ideas when completing a class project.



Explain why computers and/or other technologies are used for learning.



Compare and contrast the critical attributes of bullying (real world and virtual world).



Understand the procedures of how to report cyberbullying.






  • ISTE/NETS: Technology Operations and Concepts
  • Big Idea: Information, Communication and Productivity

Students will be introduced to and practice:


Resources and Activities

Distinguish between hardware and software.



Describe and demonstrate proper care of equipment (e.g., keep food, drinks and magnets away from equipment, clean hands, not writing on equipment).



Students will be introduced to and practice:



Resources and Activities

Identify the purpose of productivity tools such as word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.



Create products for content area assignments using appropriate technology.



Follow on-screen directions.



Use proofreading and electronic editing skills.



Start up and shut down computer.



Log on/in.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete, User ID/Password


Select an item from the menu bar



Select an item from a toolbar. Use Start button to  navigate to documents.



Open applications (e.g., File Menu: Open, Start Menu: Program Files).



Identify open applications on the taskbar.



Quit applications (e.g., File Menu: Quit/Exit, Close X on





Close document, leaving application open.



Save with assistance.



Navigate and Save to specific location.

disk, folder, etc


Explain the difference between Save and Save As.



Navigate to open a saved document.



Open a new document



Print with assistance.



Print documents.



Students will be introduced to and practice:



Resources and Activities

Care and Handling:

Compact Disc, Digital Video Disc, and Data Disk



Load correctly.



Remove correctly.



Explain the use of a Disk, CD and the use of a DVD.


Students will be introduced to and practice:




Navigate to open a file from different sources.

Application, disk, CD, desktop, folders (different names)


Identify file formats.

.doc, .xls, .ppt,


Save documents as a variety of file types to move data across platforms.

.doc, .xls, .ppt


Use multiple open files and applications (e.g., several word processing documents; open/use Window Menu or Task Bar;  multiple files of the same type; navigate between browser  and/or word processing, database).



Use basic troubleshooting techniques.

Determine if all equipment is turned on and plugged in.



Check mouse connection.



Check keyboard connection.



Check plugs/cables (plug in both ends;


Printer Troubleshooting.

Check to be sure correct printer is selected.


Print with options.

Print a specific page.



Print a specific # of copies.



Change page orientation.



Select printer (printer name)