In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about parts of a computer. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Parts of a Computer topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Parts of a Computer
Parts of a Computer
Use sticky notes to label a computer’s parts. Discuss what each part does together. You may also want to write down rules or tips that students should follow or use. For example, the sticky note on a keyboard might mention its function but also how it should be used gently and how people should wash their hands before using the keyboard. A note on the printer would advise on printing only what is needed to conserve paper and ink.
If possible, start a classroom blog together! There are many free blogging tools that can get you and your class started. You may want your students to explore other classroom blogs to get ideas about the class blog. Which blogs do they like best and why? How often should they update it? What projects or information would they like to share? The blog might want to be specific about a project the whole class is working on and share their creative process. The blog could be about raising awareness for an issue in their school, community, or in the world. Help them use a web cam, microphone, or digital camera to input information and integrate different media into their blog.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Parts of a Computer
Help your child become tech savvy! If possible, set aside time each week to explore the computer together. You may want to teach your child how to use a certain program or choose a topic to research on the Internet. You may also want to use the time to chat with relatives or friends or send e-mail. Use the opportunity to teach best practices, computer care, and Internet safety. You may wish to bookmark safe pages on the Internet for your child to explore on his or her own.
Explore the Zoo
The Internet can take you to far away places. Many zoos around the world have streaming video of special animals. For example, a zoo in China might have streaming video or a live camera of a baby giant panda. The National Zoo offers many live cams on otters, cheetahs, and more. Use the Internet as a tool for research and exploration.