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New Curriculum for Middle School. Teresa Lester Bailey Road Middle School Cindi Sweeney J M Alexander Middle School Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Objectives. Increase student’s interest and knowledge Use a variety of methods to Introduce Reinforce Assess. Curriculum Included.

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New Curriculum for Middle School

  • Teresa Lester

  • Bailey Road Middle School

  • Cindi Sweeney

  • J M Alexander Middle School

  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools


  • Increase student’s interest and knowledge

  • Use a variety of methods to

    • Introduce

    • Reinforce

    • Assess

Curriculum Included

  • Computer Skills and Applications 1

  • Computer Skills and Applications 2

    • Digital Literacy

    • Word Processing

    • Desktop Publishing

    • Database

    • Spreadsheet

    • Multimedia Presentations

      EACH LEA/School determines modules to be taught

Digital Literacy

  • Digital Literacy may be difficult for some students,

    • Enhance with videos from

      • Youtube

      • Teachertube

    • Create your own! Using Audacity or Movie Maker

      • Advanced students could also do this

Internet Safety

  • Camera Safety

  • Friends on Facebook – do you know them?

  • Personal information modified

  • Predators

  • Computer and File Safety

  • Passwords

Desktop Publishing

  • Business Card

    • Labels for various class projects

  • Flyer

    • School activity

  • Newsletter

    • Class/grade level activities

      • Send to local School Board representative, State Legislature, Senator, Governor

        • How we use Perkins funding!

        • Why CTE needs funding (88.9% graduation rate)

Desktop Publishing

  • Trifold Brochure

    • World renown person

    • How did they change their “world”

      • Cross curriculum integration

    • Globalization

      • Travel to a new location

      • Capital, population, sites, language, food

  • Compare and Contrast

    • Input, Output, and Storage

    • Application, Systems, and Utility Software

  • Greeting Cards

    • US troops

Word Processing

  • “You don’t have to know how to key to know how to format.” Cindi Sweeney

    • Puzzle pieces

      • Complete with a partner

    • Laminate

      • Sections are in order

      • Identify

    • Cut and Paste

      • Shared Drive

  • GP – Guided Practice

  • Complete together

  • Once printed, students will copy formatting notes on the hard copy

  • Using insert function, students will create a soft copy example

Word Processing

  • Personal Business Letters

    • Compose response to complaint/complement

      • relevant

      • Representative/Senator

      • School Administration

  • Business Letter

    • “Letter From A Nut”

      • Ted Nancy, Author

  • Memorandum

    • Club Teacher, Administration

  • Resumé

    • Brag


  • Personal Budget – you want to buy a bike

    • Start with pencil and paper method

    • Use calculator

    • Finish with Spreadsheet

  • Identify Spreadsheet Components

    • Color code

      • Change font color, style

      • Add borders

      • Add shading

    • Sheet one student use

      • Sheet two – key (self check)

Outline Labels in red

Outline Values in green

Add yellow shading to cell that most likely have attributes

Add narrow vertical lines to cell that most likely have a formula or function

Red border around labels

Blue border around values

Yellow fill attributes

Horizontal lines cells that have a formula or function

Manipulate a Spreadsheet

  • “battleship” type game

    • Using vocabulary terms, put letters in diagonal, horizontal, vertical – backward or forward order

  • Original game board – can be any size

  • Player one will tell the board range A1:H16

  • Player 2 will identify a cell location.

  • Player 1 will give a letter or say miss.

  • Once a word has been completed or guessed, Player 2 will have to define the term

Player 1 – starting board

Player 2

Start Board

Player 2

In play

Player 1

Yellow – correct guess

Blue – miss

Red – incorrect guess

Beginning Spreadsheets

Demonstrate in 3 steps

  • Step 1

    • How to insert data and move from cell to cell

    • How to enter the formula’s

  • Step 2

    • How to insert a chart and manipulate the colors and settings of the chart

  • Step 3

    • How to set the print area, put name in footer, save, and print

M&M Spreadsheet


  • Sort/Query a deck of cards

  • Sort/Query 3 x 5 index cards of student information (name, address, dob, grade, gender)

    • Try same activity with an electronic a database

  • What are some differences??


Let’s Get Moving!

  • Practice Sorting (one level)

    • Primary

      • Name

        • First or last name – ascending/descending

        • Last letter of first or last name – ascending/descending

      • Birthday

        • Month, and resort by day

    • Secondary (multi level)

      • Birthday

        • Month, then day (with in)

          • Can add time of date

Primary Vs. Secondary/Multilevel Sort

  • Last name (Primary)

    • Prepare cards with 4 different last names.

      • Sort by first name

      • RESORT by last name

  • Last name (Secondary/Multi Level)

    • Prepare cards with 4 different last names.

      • Sort by first name

      • Then sort by last name

  • What is the final order? Why is it different?

    • Searching/Query

      • Stand up if meet certain conditions/criterion/criteria, sit down if don’t meet conditions/criterion/criteria

      • Using AND Connector Try the OR Connector

        • Student in grade 7 AND Student in grade 7 OR

        • Shoes that tie AND Shoes that tie OR

        • Green shirt Green shirt

          WHY did you sit down? WHY are you still standing?

          What are the differences between SEARCH, FIND, FILTER, QUERY,?

    Mail Merge

    • Enter information into the database and save.

    Start the Merge in MS Word

    Select Mail merge and then letters. Then click on Select recipients and click on the desired database. This will set the database into the background until you tell it to merge with the letter.

    Complete the letter and then click on finish & Merge.

    From Finish & Merge option, direct students to choose All or Individual record. I usually demonstrate the all and tell them to print the individual to save paper. I explain that the merge will bring all the names from the database into the individual letter and they only have to key the letter once.

    Multimedia/Presentation Graphics

    • Computer or Technology Trends

      • Research current technology trend

        • Dress for Success

        • Prepare trifold or flyer (reference) for audience

    • Fractured Fairytales

      • Little Red Riding Hood meets Jack and the Beanstalk

    • Word Art

      • Name


    As she walked to her Grandmother’s house, she met a boy climbing a bean stalk.

    Where are you going?


    • Only use Pharming-conscious websites.

    • PhC websites usually use HTTPS instead of HTTP

    • If someone tries to fake a PHC site, you get a message

      • says the certificates don’t match

    • Click here to see what an example of this message looks like

    Why Foldables?

    • Re-write information

    • Recycle paper

    • ‘novel’ reference material

    • Can be paper clipped into binder

    • Maybe kept in cereal box ‘library’


    • Personal Correspondence letter

      • Page one

        • Margins

      • Page two

        • Structure

      • Page three

        • Inside address examples

        • Salutation examples

      • Page four

        • Closing examples

      • Page five and six

        • Optional items

    IPOS System

    • Examples of

      • Input

      • Output

      • Storage

      • Compare and contrast

    Learn to Key

    • Air Keyboard

    • Color Code keyboard

      • Visual clue to what you have mastered

    • Cumulative timed writings

      • Every team can win!

    • Story in the Round

      • Story Starter

        • Key for set number of minutes, than switch computers

    • For FUN!


    Review Activities

    • Toss A Term

      • Students write a vocabulary term on a sheet of paper

      • Crumble it up and toss

      • Other students have to write a definition or example

    • BINGO

      • Students fill in vocabulary term – make their own BINGO Board

        • Use beans as markers

      • Teacher gives definition

        • When checking for accuracy (winner) student must define vocabulary term

    • Quiz Bowl

      • Need to copy Item Bank Questions and Answers on transparencies

      • Put students in Teams of 4

      • Prepare cards – A, B, C, D, Dispute, Team Name

        • Place transparency on overhead, read 1 question and answer choice

        • Give teams time to answer

        • Teams will display cards

        • Award points for correct answers

        • Explain answers if needed

      • Use Thinkgate/Elements – only one will log on

    Dry Erase Boards

    • Purchase $.99 each

    • Make your own – shower board

      • Some home improvement stores will cut for free

    • FAST method to check:

      • prior knowledge

      • development of knowledge

      • mastery

    Asking Students Questions

    • Make it ‘safe’ to answer

      • Find a positive comment

    • “pop” the question to a classmate

    • “call on a friend” to help

    • Use notecards/popcycle sticks to be sure you call on all students

    Let’s create a foldable!

    • Fold hotdog

    • Fold hamburger - down

    • Fold hamburger- down

    • Open, refold hamburger

      • Should have 8 rectangles

    • Have fold to the top, tear down vertical crease, stop at horizontal crease

    • Open, refold hot dog – fold at top

    • Push ends together

    Thank you for your interest!

    We hope you try some of these activities with your students!

    Any questions?

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