Pre-Keys!

by Doc Frog
Lesson Eight
Numbers with Letters from Q to Z
In lesson eight the T models how letters Q through Z are assigned to left and right hands. If you are comfortable singing, then the final phrase of the Alphabet song accompanies these last nine letters. Most words in the English language use letters from both hands.

Left hand: Q R S T q r s t
Right hand: U u
Left hand: V W X v w x
Right hand: Y y
Left hand: Z z

1. Allow each S to find and poke the letters as you sing or say them together.

2. Invite each S to practice moving between the number and the letter with his or her preferred finger.

3. Require each S to use the correct hand position as you repeat the activity.

A. “The left pinkey finger on 1 pokes the Q. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”
Q1Q 1Q 1Q 1Q 1Q q1q 1q 1q 1q 1q
B. “The left pointer finger on 4 pokes the R. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”
R4R 4R 4R 4R 4R r4r 4r 4r 4r 4r
C. “The left ring finger on 2 pokes the S. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”
S2S 2S 2S 2S 2S s2s 2s 2s 2s 2s
D. “The left pointer finger on 5 pokes the T. Repeat five times.”
T5T 5T 5T 5T 5T t5t 5t 5t 5t 5t
E. “The right pointer finger on 7 pokes the U. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”
U7U 7U 7U 7U 7U u7u 7u 7u 7u 7u
F. “The left pointer finger on 4 pokes the V. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”
V4V 4V 4V 4V 4V v4v 4v 4v 4v 4v
G. “The left ring finger on 2 pokes the W. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”
W2W 2W 2W 2W w2w 2w 2w 2w
H. “The left ring finger on 2 also pokes the X. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”
X2X 2X 2X 2X 2X x2x 2x 2x 2x 2x
I. “The right pointer finger on 6 pokes the Y. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”
Y6Y 6Y 6Y 6Y 6Y y6y 6y 6y 6y 6y
J. “The left pinky finger on 1 pokes the Z. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”
Z1Z 1Z 1Z 1Z 1Z z1z 1z 1z 1z 1z

K. Did you wonder why the letter changed with Caps Lock turned on but not the number? Now type all of the letters from A to Z. Wait until I set the timer. Let’s see how fast you are.”

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

L. “Using both hands we can show the abbreviations or acronyms for universities that we often cheer for. USU, BYU, and U of U. We show acronyms with all capital letters."

M. “How many two letter abbreviations for the 50 United States can you think of? For example, Utah is UT. California is CA. Arizona is AZ. How many of them can be keyed with the left hand only (13). How many can be keyed with the right hand only (13). How many use both hands (24)?"

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4. End the lesson with a speed test on the number row for 30 seconds. Graph and compare the scores.