First Grade got to try word processing software for the first time. We used OpenOffice, a free and open source alternative to Microsoft Word to get started. They began with some group based list making. We had to brainstorm to come up with foods for each letter. Working together we can up with lots of ideas and each student worked on typing his or her own list.
For example: Apple, Banana, Chips, Dough... etc. It was a lot of fun discussing different kinds of food. We also talked about what it means when you don't eat a certain food. Can it still be considered food for other people? We agreed the answer is yes! We finished class by working on either ABCYa or PBS Kids. Student choice!