Before starting the lessons, do this Pretest Activity. When you have completed the lessons, do the same for a Post Test. Then you can compare the scores to see how much you (or your students) have improved!

Find the row of numbers on the computer keyboard above the rows of letters. Place your left pinky finger on the number 1 key and right pinky on number 0 key. Ready?

Type the numbers from 1 to 9. Type 1 to 5 with the left hand; type 6 to 9 with the right hand. Use your right pinky to press the Enter or Return Key.

Raise your wrists so that you don't rest them on the letter keys or mouse pad. This is good posture. Type with the tips of your fingers. When you curve your fingers then each finger reaches the same distance and each fingertip is ready for action! This will increase your speed and accuracy.

Type another row of numbers from 1 to 9; only, this time use one of your thumbs to insert a space in between each number, like this: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.

You are now ready for ten. Left pinky on 1 and right pinky on 0 make 10. Using both hands you are showing place value! Make some larger numbers, just for fun. Use the arrow keys to move the cursor three digits from the right and insert commas to show thousands, millions, and billions! Show a number that approximates the national debt, with all of its commas.

Doc Frog's Pretest Activity

Are you ready for the speed pretest? This is how it goes:
Set a timer for 30 seconds and start typing rows of numbers. Type 1 through 9 and then press Enter or Return with your right pinky. Keep going for 30 seconds and then stop.

Count the number of lines that you have typed within 30 seconds. There are ten keystrokes per line, so if you have a partial line when the time runs out, you can write it as a decimal. For example, 5 lines plus 3 characters would be a score of 5.3. Is that simple enough?

You'll learn how to graph your score later, but for now, just type it on your screen. Next, you can type your first and last names, with a space between them, then press Enter or Return to start a new line. Count the number of lines and compare them to your number line score. Which score is greater? Are you faster at typing names or numbers?