1st Grade Secondary Storage Devices And Media Lesson Plan Example (Computer Studies)

Topic: Secondary Storage Devices and media

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and describe the function of secondary storage devices and media, including hard disk drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD), flash drives, compact discs (CDs), and digital versatile discs (DVDs).


  • Images of different types of secondary storage devices and media (e.g., HDD, SSD, flash drive, CD, DVD)
  • Chart paper or whiteboard and markers


  • Have students stand up and form a single file line.
  • Hand each student a piece of paper and a marker, and instruct them to write their name on the piece of paper.
  • Once all students have finished, have them turn around and try to find the person whose name is written on the piece of paper they are holding.
  • Once a student finds the person with their name, have them both sit down.
  • Once all students are seated, have them count how many it took them to find their partner.

Direct Instruction

  • Show students a HDD and explain that it is an example of a secondary storage device.
  • Explain that secondary storage devices are used to store digital information for long-term use.
  • Show students some other examples of secondary storage devices, such as SD cards, USB flash drives, and external hard drives.
  • Explain that each type of secondary storage device uses different media to store digital information.
  • For example, a HDD uses magnetic disks to store data, whereas SD cards use flash memory.
  • Explain that different types of media have different characteristics that affect their storage capacity, reliability, and speed.
  • For example, flash memory is more durable and faster than magnetic disks, but it has a lower storage capacity.
  • Discuss the importance of considering these characteristics when choosing a storage device for a particular purpose.

Guided Practice

  • Divide students into small groups and give each group a different secondary storage device.
  • Ask students to describe the characteristics of the device they were given, and how those characteristics might impact its use.
  • Have each group share their findings with the class.
  • Encourage students to consider how their chosen device might be used for different purposes (e.g. storing photos, storing music, storing a large amount of data).
  • Ask students what they might consider when choosing a secondary storage device for a particular purpose.

Independent Practice

  • Give students a worksheet that includes a variety of secondary storage devices.
  • Ask students to choose one secondary storage device from the worksheet and complete a short writing assignment describing how they would use the device and why they chose it.


  • Review the different types of secondary storage devices and the purposes for which they are used.
  • Ask students to share their writing assignments with the class.

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