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6th 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.

You can't get far in the modern world without typing. We can help our students improve their typing skills while having fun by playing some of these sixth grade typing games.

6th Grade Typing Games

Typing is an increasingly important skill in the modern world. With computers and smartphones ubiquitous in the Western world and beyond, a child without typing skills is at an automatic disadvantage. It's therefore paramount that we encourage students to improve and develop their typing skills.

Unfortunately, typing for typing's sake can be rather dull. One way we can make it more interesting is by having our students play typing games. Here are a few ideas for typing games that will work with sixth-graders.

Typing Race

This game is pretty simple: students compete to see who can type a passage the quickest, with the fewest errors. Give each student the same passage to type, and put a timer on each student's desk. If timers are not available or practical, you can have students compete directly and stand up to declare when they are finished with their passage of text.

For every error a student makes, add three seconds to his time. The student with the shortest time wins the game. The game can then be repeated with multiple passages, getting progressively harder as students improve their skills.

Keyboard Memory Game

This game helps students improve their memory and knowledge of the layout of a keyboard. Start by drawing a full keyboard on the main whiteboard at the front of the class, but instead of letters, leave blank spaces. Put students into small groups, and have each group take turns at filling in a gap on the keyboard. For every gap they correctly complete their group gains a point. Continue going from group to group until every gap on the keyboard is completed, at which point the group with the most points wins.

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