Elementary Technology Grade 5

0.5 Credits
9 weeks
Child typing on laptop keyboard

Elementary technology courses at VLACS help students learn important computer science skills in a fun and engaging way. These courses are designed for students of different ages and cover topics like problem-solving, computer programming, and typing skills. In the early grades, students learn coding using block-based methods offline, and then they move on to online coding activities as they get older. The curriculum also includes topics from Social Studies, Health, and Language Arts, such as online safety, addressing bullying, and being responsible digital citizens.

Students will complete a research project using Microsoft Power Point and Excel Online. The research projects require students to evaluate reliable and relevant websites, organize research, receive and implement feedback and produce a final product.

Please view the Elementary Parents Guide for Grades 3-5 with guidance on helping your student transition to online learning and thrive at VLACS.

Major Topics and Concepts

Hardware, Computer software (OS), and Application software
Social media
Digital citizenship
Boolean operators and Boolean logic
Reliable resources
Social media
Informative and Narrative text
Compare and contrast text features
Note taking
Paraphrasing and Citations
Conditional statements, functions, events, loops, and iterations
Fact and opinion
Controlling idea
First draft of writing
Social Media
Excel Online
Pie Charts
Word Online
Block-based code
Initial condition, functions, and events
PowerPoint presentations
Social media

Course Materials

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.


Boolean Searches

I can identify computer hardware. I can describe computer software and application programs. I can explain social media's advantages and disadvantages. I can explain a Boolean Search.

Online Activity, Citations, and Coding

I can explain the types of cyberbullying. I can explain reliable online informative texts. I can explain citing online information to avoid plagiarism. I can describe debugging coding errors.

Research and Keyboarding

I can differentiate between researched facts and opinions. I can explain the functions of Excel Online. I can explain proper keyboarding techniques. I can explain Word Online editing tools.

Scratch Programming and PowerPoint Presentations

I can explain Scratch programming. I can create a PowerPoint Online presentation. I can describe Powerpoint Online transitions and animations. I can explain applied presentation feedback.