St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School Technology Class

The Diocese of Arlington's Technology Standards were revamped for the 2015-2016 school year and they encompass:

  • Technology Systems (Use It)
    • Develop foundations in the understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

  • Digital Citizenship (Protect It)
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of technology and its impact on society. Practice ethical, legal, and responsible use of technology.

  • Research and Information Management (Find and Organize It)
    • Use digital tools to locate, gather, evaluate, and organize information and data.

  • Learning, Collaboration, and Problem Solving (Solve It)
    • Use a variety of technologies to support and enhance learning, encourage collaboration, increase productivity, and solve problems.

  • Communication and Creativity/Innovation (Create and Communicate It)
    • Use technology for communication, creative thinking, and developing innovative products using various media formats.

The students will be growing and strengthening their technology skills in these areas, as they complete assignments and projects created in support of the Diocesan curriculum in the various content areas.

What we are learning: Keyboarding practice occurs weekly throughout the year.

September: Rules and procedures for computer class; Math,Science Reading
October: MS Word: Nametags, Study Island,

November: Internet Unit

December: Christmas Around the World Research

January: ELA Benchmark Testing, Powerpoint Unit

February: Math , Powerpoint Unit

March: Read Across America sites, Study Island, MS Excel

April: Science Fair Spreadsheets and Charts

May: Tagxedo, Internet Safety, Sumdog

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Coding: Code Monster

Computer Basics:

Parts of a Computer Input/ Output Device Technology Glossary Choose grade level:


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Presentation Skills:
1. Powerpoint title page

2. Making Slides

3. Insert Clip Art or Text

4. Review Presentation

Introduction Review Spreadsheet Understanding Spreadsheet

Word Processing Review

World Wide Web/ Internet Safety:

www. Surf Safely Safety Review

Educational Games/ Apps!

Write a Friendly Letter/ Poetry: Poetry Comic Strips

Language Arts Websites:

Reading Strategies:

Math Websites:

Reseach Websites:

Foothill Horizon's

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In this unit, you will learn about computers and how they work.

Activity 1

In this activity, you will visit the Brain Pop website and view a video about computers and how they work.

Parts of a Computer

Activity 2

Click the link below to learn some basic computer terms, learn the different types of computers and how they are used.

You will use this information to answer the questions that you will see when you click the link below. Note: this is a Microsoft Publisher document and it is read only. You will have to save this file in order to use it. Please save it in your Fifth Grade Introduction to Computers folder on Student Common.

Save the file as Your name + activity 2 answers.

Activity 3

Click the link below to learn about input and output devices. Then create a table of devices.

Fifth Grade

First Quarter
Kerpoof Tutorial - choose "Make a Drawing"

Typing Web- practice typing website

Typing Test - quick and easy typing speed test

Research a Coon Dog
Second Quarter
The Biology of Plants
Third Quarter
Google Earth
Features of Google Earth

Explorer Routes in Google Earth
Explorer Route Maps
Explorers of North America
Explorers Research
Fourth Quarter
Word Processing
If you finished early, you can go to the following sites:

Try some of these fun activities if you finish your work early!

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Lite Brite
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My Oats
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Flame Painter
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Crayola DigiColor
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Eye Candy
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This Is Sand
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Flabby Physics
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Magnetic Poetry
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Solid Edge Garage
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San Diego Zoo
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Fraboom Online Museum
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Awesome Word Games
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Toon-Books Cartoon Maker
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Give the Dog A Bone
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Scrap Coloring
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Whizz Words
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Stop Frame Animator
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Monster School Bus
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Line Rider
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Word Magic
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Tween Tribune
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Toy Theater
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Rotate & Roll
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Nick Jr. Spin Art
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Sheppard Software
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Play Kids Games
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Optical Illusions Challenge
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Isle of Tune
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Paint Like Pollock
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Must Pop Words
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Free Rice