So what does typing at the different grade levels look like? In kindergarten, it is going to be very basic and should happen during a station or center - begin with having the students simply practice logging into their Chromebook, computer, or Google/Microsoft account. Oftentimes, this username or password is the same as their AR or lunch code so practicing these are very important for items outside of just typing practice. Once students have mastered logging in they can get on a website such as Starfall or ABCYa. Once the majority of students have mastered logging in they can begin to practice finding the keys on the keyboard with games such as Keyboard Zoo on ABCYa or Keyboard Climber. It is also a great idea to create typing practice activities such as name practice or phone number and address in Google Slides (see below). If as time goes on you are feeling like a risk-taker put your students into your Google Classroom class or LMS and have them answer a question you post. This question may have the students simply using one of their sight words in a sentence (ex: The cat ran.) but they are practicing typing skills. Crazy as it sounds kindergartners can blog.
The first and second grades should have their students practice logging in if they have not acquired those skills and then quickly move into typing practice with some of the games listed above as well as dance mat typing. You can and should also tie in some Google Classroom questions as well as assignments as it is very easy to tie typing practice in with your lessons or content standards. (see example below)
Third grade and up should be typing every day and this happens in a variety of ways. Students should take part in some for of discussions or blogging and this can happen in your districts LMS or through Google Classroom questions. These discussions teach students a variety of skills outside of the content standards. Students begin to learn how to have a conversation with someone in a digital format, how to keep that conversation going, netiquette skills, and typing skills. Teachers can also have their students keep a digital notebook - instead of carrying home 25 composition notebooks you use your computer to log in and leave comments. Please note that you will still want to have students write with a pencil and paper but digital writing is just as important. Research shows that the concepts students learn by writing with paper and pencil transfer over into digital writing and the digital writing concepts that students learn transfer over into pencil and paper writing.
Whatever you do with your students they should be on devices daily to begin learning and practicing the skills that are required of our students. Remember, students don't go into third or fourth grade automatically knowing how to read and write, these are concepts we much teach them at a young a
Dance Mat Typing
Word Work Typing Practice - Google Slide