3rd Grade Typing Games

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Typing is an incredibly valuable skill these days, and vital to life in the 21st century. Help your students gain these necessary skills, and make the process fun, by trying some of these third grade typing games.

3rd Grade Typing Games

Typing skills have become increasingly important in the 21st century. The Internet is now ubiquitous, and most work is completed on computers. Not having typing skills is a serious disadvantage these days. It's therefore highly valuable to have your students practice their typing skills in a systematic way. This process can be a bit dull, but we can make it more fun by engaging students in typing games. Try out a few of these ideas for typing games, which are appropriate for third-graders.

Typing Challenge

For this game, give each student the same extended piece of text to type out. Set each student up at the computer, and then count down from three. When you tell them to go, they must attempt to type out the text as quickly and accurately as possible.

There are two ways to assess this game. The winner could be the first student (or first few students) to accurately type out the entire passage with no mistakes. This means students will have to check their own work, because it is highly likely that every student will make a mistake somewhere. Alternatively, you can offer points based on a mixture of the time it takes them to type out the passage, and the number of mistakes they make. For example, you could add a five second penalty for every error in the text they type.

Dictation Accuracy Game

Students need to not only be able to type quickly, but also type accurately. You can test that typing accuracy, by giving them a virtually impossible challenge of dictating someone's speech. Students will almost certainly not be fast enough to keep up with the speech, so explain to them that their goal is to accurately note down as many of the sentences spoken as possible. Give students one point for every sentence completed with no mistakes. Give no points for a sentence that contains a mistake. The student who gains the most points is declared the most accurate typist.

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