Mrs. Jarvis - Nivens 
Design & Technology

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5th - 8th Grade Technology Resources

To help prepare our students for the Next Generation Assessments on computers, they need to master typing and navigating the keyboard. Below are a bunch of great links to keyboarding  and typing games for all grade levels that students can work on at home or during free time at school to increase their computer skills. 

Computer Applications Activities                                 Computer Literacy Activities  

Design Technology Activities                               Information Technology Activities
Technology Activities                                            

Keyboarding Games

Keyboarding Zoo                     Key Seeker                           Find the Letter            Keyboarding Zoo 2                 Cup Staking                          Jump Key 
Keyboard Climber                  Type Rocket Jr.                     Wack-A-Letter
Keyphant                               Keyboard Revolution            Alpha Munchies   
Snake ABC                            Tip Tap Keys                          Meteor Game                    Bubbles                                  Typing Adventure                Type Rocket                       Cluttergrams Jr. Typing        Keyboard Climber                Typing Factory    
Arachnid Falls                       Keyboard Ninja                     Keyboard Game
Tetris                                     Key Bricks                             Alpha Munchies      
Typing Racing                      Spider Letters                       Retro Typer
Sky Chase                             Keyboard Invasion              Spelling Practice 

Typing Games

Tetris                                   Meteor Typing Blast                Pac Man   
Trick or Type                      Spacebar Invaders                  Keyboard Puzzle
Dessert Typing Racer        Nitro Type Racing                    Story Typing
Ghost Typing                     Cluttergrams                             Letter Blocks      Pop Words                         Excuses
Typing Course                   Dance Mat Typing                     Typing Games

Number Mahjong                 Animal Quiz                     Opposite Adjectives

Cluttergrams Jr. Typing      Keyboard Jump                Keyboard Climber 2

Fun Typing Games              Typing Club                         

Hour of Code

Learn  how to code and program with step by step lessons to create your own video games and apps. 

5th Grade Log-in

New 6th Grade 

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Online Safety


Play various games to learn how to be safe online and be Internet Awesome!

Internet Safety Video                       Internet Safety Video: Cyber 5

Internet Safety with NetSmartz Kids             NetSmartz Tweens

NetSmarts Tween Videos about being safe and smart online

Watch the Rules of Online Safety rap 

Watch What Rule Is It Anyways? and see if you know how to be safe on the Internet. 

Watch thOutlaw Roundup Interactive Video and learn about the bad people to watch out for online and help charge them to put the bad guys in jail.

Online Outlaws

Meet Me Mack - He tries to get kids to meet him face to face off the Internet

Wanta Know WallyHe tries to get your personal information like phone number and address

Look At Dis Louie- He shows kids bad pictures and websites on the Internet  that might make them feel sad, scared, or confused

Potty Mouth Pete- He is a cyberbully and uses mean and bad words on the Internet

Students can learn how to develop apps for tablets and phones

Elements of Art & Principals of Design 

Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Color, Value, Form, Texture, Space

(Click on each Art Element for the video)

Principals of Design: Balance, Contrast, Emphasis, Movement, Pattern, 
                                     Rhythm, Unity

Explore the Elements of Art & Principals of Design  online with The Artist Tool Kit

--Click on each section, watch the video, find the vocabulary, and then create your own.

After completing the activities you should be able to describe each Element of Art and Principals of Design then give an example.                        Principals of Design: Pattern Video


Shape Challenge


The word emoji literally means "picture" (e) + "character" (moji) = emojiAn emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.

Using the shape tools create a happy emoji and a sad emoji 

in Microsoft Paint  or Shape Tool and incorporate the 

Elements of Art- line, color, value, and shape. 

Think about how colors convey moods and feelings:

Warm Colors (Red, OrangeYellow) convey happiness

Cool Colors (BlueGreenViolet) convey sadness

Who I Am! Self Portraits

Create a self portrait (a picture of yourself) on Microsoft Paint Sketchpad  

using the Art Elements: Shape, Line, Color, Value, and Space 

Think about your hair color, hair style, skin color, eye color, and other distinguishing characteristics (i.e. glasses, freckles).  

Use shapes to create a self portrait. In the background/negative space type your name and 10 adjectives that describe yourself (, funny, athletic)    Make A Face

OP Art- Optical Illusion Art

Optical Art (Op Art) is a mathematically-themed form of Abstract art, which uses repetition of simple forms and colors to create vibrating effects, patterns, foreground-background confusion, an exaggerated sense of depth, and other visual effects. Op Art is based on tricks of visual perception: manipulating rules of perspective to give the illusion of three-dimensional space, mixing colors to create the impression of light and shadow, and so on. With Optical Art, the rules that the viewer's eye uses to try to make sense of a visual image are themselves the "subject" of the artwork. 

Create a Moving Op Art slide show
Op Art Color Families & Shapes Project:
Use the Elements of Art- Color, Value, Line, and Shape to create an Op Art picture using one of the color families: warm colors, cool colors, primary colors, or secondary colors. Students can use various values of the warm and cool colors. Completely cover the Microsoft Paint or Sketchpad "canvas" with geometric shapes layering the shapes over top of each other all over the "canvas" using the shape tools. Then use the paint bucket tool to fill in the areas created by the layering shapes. 
Do not put the same color next to itself. 

Sketchpad (drawing tool)

Primary Colors: 

Red, Blue, Yellow

Warm Colors:

Red, Orange, Yellow

Secondary Colors: 

Orange, Green, Violet/Purple

Cool Colors:

Blue, Green, Violet/Purple

Pattern Games

Moon Rock Patterns                  Pattern Game                            Pattern Memory          Pattern Vortex                            Recognize Patterns                   Pattern Matcher        Paul Pattern                               Complete Pattern                      Describing Patterns   Growing Patterns                     Safe Code Pattern                     Pattern Grow      

Superhero Patterns                   Pattern Quest                           Goose Patterns          Pattern Games                           Shape Patterns                          Fuzz Bugs Patterns  

Pattern Practice

Create Your Own Repeating Pattern Rangoli 

Geometry - Learn the Basics of Patterns Video

Rangoli is an art form from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals.  Rangolis are usually made during Indian festivals such as Diwali and contain repeating patterns.                     


Silk Pattern Art                                         Kaleidoscope Painter  


Symmetry Sort                          Symmetry of Objects          Symmetry Dot to Dot Symmetry Garden              Lines of Symmetry             Drag Lines of Symmetry 

Reflective Symmetry Art          Symmetry Match                 Symmetry Shuffle 

IXL Lines of Symmetry                   Cuckoo Symmetry              Symmetry Painting

Silk Pattern Art                          Kaleidoscope Painter         Symmetry Art Patterns

Symmetry Song                        Symmetry Video 

M.C. Escher Tessellations

Maurits Cornelis (M.C) Escher (June 17,1898 – March 27,1972) 

was a graphic artist born in the Netherlands who made mathematically inspired woodcutslithographs, and mezzotints. His work features mathematical objects and operations including impossible objects, explorations of infinity,reflectionsymmetryperspectivetruncated and stellated polyhedra

hyperbolic geometry, and tessellations.

A tessellation is a pattern of shapes that tiles a plane with no gaps and no overlaps. Each of the six shapes available in this Shape Tool Site are able to tessellate. That is, you can arrange multiple copies of any of the shapes to completely cover the plane or use the Polygon Tessellation Creator

Create your own tessellation pattern 

...or see if you can create one of these

  • orange squares and green triangles 
  • yellow hexagons and orange squares
  • red trapezoids and blue parallelograms
  • blue parallelograms and pink rhombi

Patterns in Architecture

Isometric Drawing Tool

Use this interactive tool to create dynamic drawings on isometric dot paper. Draw figures using edges, faces, or cubes. You can shift, rotate, color, decompose, and view in 2‑D or 3‑D. Start by clicking on the cube along the left side; then, place cubes on the grid where you would like them.

Building and Design Challenges

Test Your Architect Skills: Try to recreate the different types of 3D Block Buildings 

Challenge 1: Create a house with an area of 24 cubes, and 1/2 the cubes the same color

Challenge 2: Create a bridge people can walk across using an area of 50 cubes and a height of no less than 3 cubes.

Build it With Chrome

Online Lego Building site to create a whole town of buildings    

Username: [email protected]      Password: imagine2016

Sound Patterns

Sound Patterns        Melody Maker         Sound Burst          Monster Music

Create your own music patterns on Soundation
Login-    Email: [email protected]  Password: imagine2015

Alliteration Project

Alphabet Alliteration Books 5th-8th Grade

  • Assign a letter to each student  (Alphabet Sign-up Sheet)
  • Create a picture in Sketchpad
  • Complete Alphabet Alliteration Plan Sheet- Write an alliteration sentence using your letter, and plan out how to illustrate your sentence by drawing the objects in your sentence and choosing a background. 
  • On the back of the paper draw 5 other objects that start with your letter and label them. 
  • Draw or type your letter in Uppercase and Lowercase (Bb)
  • Create an Alliteration sentence using your letter 
  • (Big beautiful blue butterflies bounce by the beach)
  • Illustrate your alliteration sentence by drawing objects that start with your letter and by adding images from the Internet that start with your letter (blue butterflies, beach)
  • Add other objects that start with your letter into the picture, 10 objects all together 
  • (baseball, bat, baseketball, bumblebee, bee hive, bear, bow tie, Batman, bird, bike)
  • Alliteration Sentence Breakdown WS - Complete the worksheet on your alliteration sentence

We will put all the students' Alphabet Alliteration pictures together to create a Class Book and they will present and read their class books to the kindergarten and 1st grade students.

Technology Careers

Video Game Design

Create Your Own Mario Brothers Flash Game

Create 3 of your own Super Mario Brother game levels under "Level Editor". Then test your own level to see if you need to make it harder, easier, or add more objects and details. 

Beginning Video Game Design:      

Gamestar Mechanic     Join My Class

Design your own maze style video game where you create a maze and you have to navigate your avatar through the maze without being hit by the enemies and get to the door. 

Name: Jarvis-Nivens Tech Class (JNTech)

Username: IHPCS     Password: Imagine

Advanced Video Game Design:     

Design a variety of different video games 

Scratch   Username: IHPCS     Password: imagine 

Flowlab    Email: [email protected]     Password: hornets  

                      Username: Imagine

Create Your Own Lego Super Hero

Design your own Super Hero using Microsoft Paint or Sketchpad

Paste or Import the Lego Person Template for your Super Hero's body and design their super hero costume.

What colors are their costume? 

Do they have a cape?

Do they wear a face mask or an eye mask

Do they wear a hat? 

Do they carry an item?

                                  What is your Super Hero's name?

                                              Super Hero Emblem

Create a logo for your Super Hero using the various shapes to create several designs of logos and color schemes for your hero. 

Ask the students around you for their input in picking the best logo.  

What kind of super powers do they have?

Will you use a letter, number, or symbol in the logo?

What colors will it be and do the colors match their costume?

Is their logo on the front of their costume, on their cape, on a shield?

Pick your favorite Super Hero Emblem design and copy it into your Super Hero Microsoft Paint or Sketchpad project. 

Clik SELECT and draw a box around the emblem, then click COPY, next open your Super Hero project, and hit PASTE, move your emblem beside your Super Hero. You can hit COPY again to get more emblems to use in your Super Hero's costume or on their cape.  

Toy Design

Make A Toy                Make A Stuffed Animal             Create a Sonic Toy

My Little Pony           Build A Car                                 Toy Creator

Toy Builder               Design A Doll                          Create A Stuffed Rabbit

Build A Transformer     Design An Iron Man                   Robot Builder

Toy Shop                   Build A Beast


       Roller Coaster Creator            Roller Coaster Creator 2

Build A Roller Coaster            Ruff Roller Coaster                 Coaster Creator

Design A Car                            Create Own Car                     Create a Ride

Customize a Viper                   Customize a Mustang             Customize A Hummer


Lego Brick Building Game:Design your own Lego House                           

 Design a House (K-2)          Make A House (K-2)

  Build A House          Design A Tree House            Build the Bridge    

 Build The Bridge       Bridge Builder    

Town Designer                My New Town               My Little Pony Town

City Connect      Construction Fall


Build it With Chrome

Online Lego Building site to create a whole town on buildings         

Username: [email protected]  Password: imagine2016

Isometric Drawing Tool 

Use this interactive tool to create dynamic drawings on isometric dot paper. Draw figures using edges, faces, or cubes. You can shift, rotate, color, decompose, and view in 2‑D or 3‑D. Start by clicking on the cube along the left side; then, place cubes on the grid where you would like them.

Building and Design Challenges 

Isometric Drawing Tool 

Test Your Architect Skills: Try to recreate the different types of 3D Block Buildings 

Challenge 1: Create a house with an area of 24 cubes, and 1/2 the cubes the same color

Challenge 2: Create a bridge people can walk across using an area of 50 cubes and a height of no less than 3 cubes.

Interior Design

Little Bedroom Maker           Design Your Own Room            Interior Design 

Halloween Room                  Justin Bieber Room                  Room Decorator   

Decorate a House                Doll House Designer                 Bedroom Makeover    

Frozen Doll House               Elsa Room Makeover             Princess Room Decorator

Barbie Doll House               Disney Princess Bedroom         Selena Gomez Room 

Design A Classroom    

Fashion Design

Michael Jordan                               Salt in His Shoes Michael Jordan Book 

Designing Shirts                             Textile Design Interactive
Custom Ink                              Design A T-Shirt
Design Girls T-Shirt                Girl Shirt Design                         Girl Shirt Designs   
Girl T-Shirt Designer             Decorate My Jeans     
Shoe Design Games
Design Crocs                              Design Beach Sandals       Paint Your Shoes

Design Uggs Boots                    Design Rain Boots             Design Winter Boots
Design Boots                             Girls Shoe Maker               Girls Shoe Designer

Design Your Own Nike Shoes
Women's shoes               Men's shoes                        Kid's shoes

Fashion Design Games

Fashion Designer World Tour

Fashion Designer- Create 3 outfits for a Fashion Show

  • A Casual Outfit - something you can wear everyday
  • A Professional Oufit - somethings you can wear to work
  • A Dressy Outfit - something you can wear for a special occasion

BOY Fashion Design

Google Activities

Holiday Games

Christmas Tree Fun             Make A Christmas Tree       Make A Gingerbread House

Christmas Lights                 Christmas Lights Math           Super Santa Jr.         

Blocky Christmas                Ball Ornament Puzzle              Civiballs Christmas    

Factory Balls Christmas      Sugar, Sugar                           Candy Cane Timberman

Snoring Winter                     Make A Snowman                    Make A Present  

Santa Shop                           Christmas Cake Shop          Cooking Christmas Frenzy

Mrs. Claus Dress Up            Bratz Holiday Dress Up           Barbie Dress Up

Santa's Little Helpers          Christmas House                 Christmas Cake Decorating

Christmas Pac Man              Untangle Xmas Lights            Spot the Difference

Catch the Presents              Wack A Grinch                         Light The Tree

Flying Santa                         Present Stack                    Make A Snowflake in Silk Art 

Super Santa Kicker             Catch the Candy                       Christmas Cat 

Christmas Mario                  Mario Christmas                        Sonic Christmas

Snow Plow Racing               Sleigh Racing                           Santa's Ride

 Super Santa                     Christmas Word Search      Christmas Crossword Puzzle   Christmas Coloring Pages     

Hanukkah Word Search      Hanukkah Coloring Page       Dreidels Coloring Page

Hanukkah Puzzle                 Hanukkah Candles                Send A Kwanzaa Card

1. I will tell a trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared, or confused.
2. I will ask my trusted adult before sharing information like my name, address, and phone number.
3. I won't meet anyone face to face from the Internet.
4. I will always use good netiquette and not be rude or mean online. 

Learn how to be safe online playing Interland and be Internet Awesome.

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