I don't like to spend too much time teaching the basics of word processing, but I know it's something that my students need to learn. Here's an activity to teach a few things in one hit and produce a book that students can take home to learn about their classmates. I did this with students in a Year 1/2 class. I demonstrated all steps (except the printing and saving process) before sending students to work. Skills covered are written in red.
Who Am I? Book
Preparation: Upload photographs of all students to a location they can easily access. Ensure all students have a folder to save their work in.
- Step 1: Log onto a computer and double click on the Word icon.
- Step 2: Choose a larger font size (we used 26 because we didn't have to scroll down to select it!)
- Step 3: Students type 5 clues about themselves eg. I am a girl. I have long brown hair. I am in Year 1. I am good at tennis. I like riding my bike.
- Step 4: Teacher circulates and demonstrates how to right-click on spelling errors underlined in red, and select the correct spelling. Teacher corrects misspelled words where the correct option is not given.
- Step 5: Students select Word Art following the path Insert/Picture/WordArt. They select the style they would like to use and type into the box: Who am I? (After pressing OK, they can resize the text by dragging the edges/corners of the text)
- Step 6: Students press the Return/Enter key to move to the second page and then follow the path Insert/Picture/From File to find and insert their photo.
- Step 7: Below the picture, students type: I am (insert name)
- Step 8: Teacher demonstrates how to print and save.
- Step 9: After checking with the teacher, print the document.
- Step 10: Save document into folder.
Completion: Collect up student work and bind pages or insert into a pocket display book. Students can then read this in class or take turns to take it home to read with family.