Pacing Calendar

EasyTech Pacing Calendar Grade 4

This Pacing Calendar provides a suggested order of assignments and timing for utilizing the EasyTech curriculum in your classroom. For planning purposes, each week contains approximately 90 minutes of curriculum delivered through whole group, independent, or guided practice implementation models.

Prior to beginning the school year, it is recommended that you create student technology portfolios (digital or print) to provide students with a way to share their learning. The portfolio may include EasyTech certificates, reports, and Application Exercise entries and work products. Pictures are a great way to show your students the learning process and can be used at the end of the year for a class slideshow or a technology showcase.

Note about Keyboarding: remember to provide students with time each week to improve their technique, accuracy, and speed through Adaptive Keyboarding after they have completed the Keyboarding Lessons and Guided Practices.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 1Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 1Acceptable Use PoliciesWhole GroupDiscussion30
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 1Acceptable Use Policies ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 1Computer Rules SkitSmall GroupApplication Exercise60
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 2Computer Rules Skit (Presentations)Whole GroupApplication Exercise
Online SafetyWeek 2Safekeeping Personal InformationWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 2Safekeeping Personal Information ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 3Safety Through Open CommunicationWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 3Safety Through Open Communication ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 3Online Safety: Communicating Online and CyberbullyingIndependentLesson15
Online SafetyWeek 3Smart Alert! Cyberbullying GuideIndependentApplication Exercise45
Online SafetyWeek 4Smart Alert! Cyberbullying Guide (Presentations)Whole GroupApplication Exercise
Online SafetyWeek 4Texting Safety DiscussionWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 4Texting Safety Discussion ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5

Tips & Suggestions – The curriculum for Month 1 is spiraled from previous years to help set a firm foundation for safe, appropriate, responsible, and effective technology use throughout the year. After students complete ‘Computer Rules Skit’ and ‘Smart Alert! Cyberbullying Guide,’ share projects with the whole class.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 2Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
KeyboardingWeek 1Keyboarding: Home RowIndependentLesson13
KeyboardingWeek 1Home Row Practice (6 items)IndependentGuided Practice
KeyboardingWeek 1Keyboarding: Upper RowIndependentLesson14
KeyboardingWeek 1Upper Row Practice (7 items)IndependentGuided Practice
KeyboardingWeek 1Keyboarding: Lower RowIndependentLesson13
KeyboardingWeek 2Keyboarding: Shift KeyIndependentLesson11
KeyboardingWeek 2Lower Row Practice (4 items)IndependentGuided Practice
KeyboardingWeek 2Keyboarding: Number RowIndependentLesson12
KeyboardingWeek 2Adaptive Keyboarding: The Great Keyboarding AdventureIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding15
Computer FundamentalsWeek 3Computer Fundamentals: Symbols of TechnologyIndependentLesson12
Computer FundamentalsWeek 3Historic CommunitiesIndependentApplication Exercise60
Computer FundamentalsWeek 4Comparing StoriesIndependentApplication Exercise45
Computer FundamentalsWeek 4Computer Basics Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: The Great Keyboarding AdventureIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Consider creating a group or a class just for Keyboarding. After students complete their daily classwork, have them practice Keyboarding and provide opportunities to practice these skills using fun and meaningful tasks. Having students type spelling or vocabulary words allows your students to apply their Keyboarding skills in core subject areas. Remember that the skills focus for Keyboarding should be technique and accuracy before words per minute.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 3Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Hardware FundamentalsWeek 1Devices and CompatibilityIndependentDiscussion30
Hardware FundamentalsWeek 1Devices and Compatibility ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Hardware FundamentalsWeek 1Hardware Fundamentals: Mobile DevicesIndependentLesson15
Hardware FundamentalsWeek 2Technology DevicesWhole GroupApplication Exercise60
Hardware FundamentalsWeek 2Computer CompatibilityIndependentApplication Exercise10
Hardware FundamentalsWeek 2Computer Navigation Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
Internet UsageWeek 3Practicing Online SafetySmall GroupApplication Exercise90
Internet UsageWeek 4Internet Usage: Online Information BasicsIndependentLesson15
Internet UsageWeek 4My State ResearchIndependentApplication Exercise60
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: The Great Keyboarding AdventureIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – This is a good time to implement “tech buddies” in your classroom to help struggling students when concepts are not mastered. Try to use the “talk, not touch” or “point, not press” approaches with your buddies so the learner retains control of his/her equipment.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 4Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Internet UsageWeek 1Research and EvaluationIndependentApplication Exercise60
Internet UsageWeek 2Better Safe Than SorrySmall GroupApplication Exercise45
Internet UsageWeek 2Better Safe Than Sorry (Presentations)Whole Group
Computational ThinkingWeek 3Computational Thinking: AlgorithmsIndependentLesson15
Computational ThinkingWeek 3Mystery AnimalsSmall GroupApplication Exercise30
Computational ThinkingWeek 3Computational Thinking: ModelingIndependentLesson15
Computational ThinkingWeek 4Bedroom BlueprintIndependentApplication Exercise90
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: The Great Keyboarding AdventureIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Are your students new to Computational Thinking? Review the ‘Patterns and Directions’ Lessons and/or Quiz to begin Month 4. Be sure to keep copies of students’ final products to add to their portfolios.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 5Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Coding BasicsWeek 1Let's Get Started: Challenges 0 - 5IndependentApplication Exercise45
Coding BasicsWeek 1Turn Around: Challenges 6 - 10IndependentApplication Exercise45
Coding BasicsWeek 2I Have a Plan: Challenges 11 - 15Guided PracticeApplication Exercise45
Coding BasicsWeek 2Turtle Lake: Challenges 16 - 20Guided PracticeApplication Exercise45
Word ProcessingWeek 3Word Processing: Creating and Organizing ContentIndependentLesson11
Word ProcessingWeek 3Word Processing: Revising and FormattingIndependentLesson10
Word ProcessingWeek 3Cumulative StorySmall GroupApplication Exercise45
Word ProcessingWeek 3Word Processing: Editing and Proofreading Your WorkIndependentLesson15
Word ProcessingWeek 4Informational InterviewIndependentApplication Exercise60
Word ProcessingWeek 4Word Processing: Page LayoutIndependentLesson10
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: The Great Keyboarding AdventureIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – When students finish their work with class time remaining, encourage them to open skill mode in the EasyCode Foundations map and complete unlocked challenges. Have students illustrate their Application Exercise writing through digital or hand-drawn art. Remember to provide students with additional time each week to improve their Keyboarding technique, accuracy, and speed through Adaptive Keyboarding

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 6Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Word ProcessingWeek 1Creating a NewsletterSmall GroupApplication Exercise60
Word ProcessingWeek 1Word Processing: Introduction to Desktop PublishingIndependentLesson12
Word ProcessingWeek 1Word Processing Intermediate Grades Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
DatabasesWeek 2Databases: Performing Searches and Filtering DataWhole GroupLesson11
DatabasesWeek 2Databases: Performing Searches and Filtering DataIndependentLesson11
DatabasesWeek 2Databases: Search and Filter JournalIndependentApplication Exercise60
DatabasesWeek 3Databases: Sort and FilterWhole GroupLesson9
DatabasesWeek 3Databases: Sort and FilterIndependentLesson9
DatabasesWeek 3Data and Database Basics Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
DatabasesWeek 3Databases: Planning and Building a DatabaseWhole GroupLesson18
DatabasesWeek 3Databases: Planning and Building a DatabaseIndependentLesson18
DatabasesWeek 4Databases: Database Creation JournalWhole GroupApplication Exercise45
DatabasesWeek 4Databases: Designing Queries and ReportsWhole GroupLesson10
DatabasesWeek 4Databases: Designing Queries and ReportsIndependentLesson10
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: The Great Keyboarding AdventureIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Discuss with students how Computational Thinking can impact the way you design, create, and use a database. Have students practice entering data to create databases based on the content being studied in core curriculum classes, physical education classes, or other classes.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 7Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
DatabasesWeek 1Databases: Queries and Reports JournalWhole GroupApplication Exercise30
DatabasesWeek 1Database Creation, Queries, and Reports Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
PresentationsWeek 1Presentations: Audience and OrganizationIndependentLesson12
PresentationsWeek 1Presentations: Composing SlidesIndependentLesson10
PresentationsWeek 2Birth CertificateIndependentApplication Exercise30
PresentationsWeek 2Presentations: Enhancing SlidesIndependentLesson8
PresentationsWeek 2Presentations: Evaluating and PresentingIndependentLesson9
PresentationsWeek 3Life Slideshow BookletIndependentApplication Exercise45
PresentationsWeek 3Life Slideshow Booklet (Presentations)Whole Group
PresentationsWeek 3Presentation Basics QuizIndependentQuiz15
PresentationsWeek 4AdaptationSmall GroupApplication Exercise90
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: The Great Keyboarding AdventureIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – This is the perfect time of the year to put together mini-projects in core subject areas which end in digital publications that highlight each student’s entire year of learning.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 8Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
PresentationsWeek 1Adaptation (Presentations)Whole Group
PresentationsWeek 1Tourism GuideSmall GroupsApplication Exercise60
PresentationsWeek 2Tourism Guide (Presentations)Whole Group
MultimediaWeek 2Audience and MediaWhole GroupDiscussion30
MultimediaWeek 2Audience and Media ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
MultimediaWeek 3Creating a PortfolioIndependentApplication Exercise45
Online CommunicationWeek 3Online Communications: Sending Email MessagesIndependentLesson12
Online CommunicationWeek 4Email the PresidentIndependentApplication Exercise30
Online CommunicationWeek 4Online Communications: Responding to Email MessagesIndependentLesson8
Online CommunicationWeek 4Email Basics Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
Online CommunicationWeek 4Online Communication: Using Digital Collaboration ToolsIndependentLesson15
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: The Great Keyboarding AdventureIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Student presentations are a great way to integrate technology with core content subject areas. Have students utilize their new skills to create a presentation about something they are learning in English, math, science, or social studies – then use the presentation as a review for the class.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 9Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Online SafetyWeek 1Texting Safety Discussion (Review)Whole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 1Safety Through Open Communication (Review)Whole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 2Safekeeping Personal Information (Review)Whole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 2Summer Online Safety PresentationSmall GroupApplication Exercise90
Online SafetyWeek 3Summer Online Safety Presentation (Continued)Small GroupApplication Exercise
Online SafetyWeek 4Summer Online Safety Presentation (Presentations)Whole Group
Online SafetyWeek 4Technology Showcase (Optional)
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: The Great Keyboarding AdventureIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Online Safety is important to revisit at the end of the year to remind students that they need to be smart when online, whether at home or at school. Provide parents with resources to help them keep their students safe online. See the Parent Online Safety Guide found here. Provide students and parents with ideas for continuing to practice their Digital Literacy skills during the summer.