Typing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students how to type with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that steps them through finger placement and key strike, practicing alongside the lesson, then practice by typing on a real computer.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify keys on a keyboard
  • demonstrate ability to type


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Learning to Type: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Keyboard templates
  • Yellow, blue, green, pink and purple colored pencils
  • Computers with keyboards
  • Words or sentences for students to type for the relay race activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Start the lesson by giving students a copy of the keyboard template.
  • Ask students to look at the template and discuss with a partner:
    • What do you notice about the letters?
    • What do you notice about the numbers?
    • What other keys do you notice? Where are they?
  • Take a few minutes to point out the keys, naming them and briefly explaining their purpose.
  • Tell students they will be learning to type today.

Direct Instruction

  • Distribute the lesson Learning to Type: Lesson for Kids and read the first sections 'Type Like a Pro!' and 'The Keyboard and Your Fingers' together.
  • Have students locate the QWERTY letters on their papers, then read 'QWERTY' together and ask:
    • Why aren't the keys in alphabetical order?
  • Look at the image of the keyboard in the lesson and have students use their colored pencils to shade in the same colors.
  • Read 'Where Do Your Fingers Go?' together and have students work alongside the lesson, placing their fingers on the correct keys and reaching their thumbs.
  • Read 'Practice, Practice, Practice' together and call out keys for students to strike. For example, you can say 'Hit the 'y' key. Now hit the 'n' key.
  • Divide students into partners and have them practice together, taking turns being the caller and the typer.
  • As students practice, circulate the room to help with hand and finger placement.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together and take the quiz.

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