PARCC Readiness Activities – Trackpad / Mouse Practice

Using the trackpad on a Mac is not always easy for young children to get used to, especially if they are used to touch screens. Below are some sites and activities for students K-5 to use to become familiar with the trackpad / mouse.

This is the fourth post in a series of suggestions for tech skills to help all K-5 students be prepared for computerized testing like PARCC. Make sure to check out the original post here, since that also contains a list of websites with a variety of activities, including mouse practice.

Drag and Drop Activities:

Hot Spots:

Hot spot items contain “hot spot zones” which represent student answer options. Hot spot zones are answer options that may be part of a graphic, art, numbers, or text that are selected in response to a question. Practice with State Capital activity, “Locate It” option: http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-geography-venture-capital/  (4-5)

Other General Mouse/Trackpad Skills:

  • Practice using the trackpad with activities from Minimouse. Includes clicking, scrolling, cursor control, drag and drop: http://www.minimouse.us/ (K-3)
  • Practice using the trackpad with a wide variety of educational games at ABCya. Includes math, language arts, mouse manipulation, keyboarding, and more: http://www.abcya.com/  (K-5)

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