Lesson 1: AutoCAD Introduction



In this opening lesson to this project, students are introduced to the AutoCAD program and allowed to explore some of its menus. The first lesson is divided into 2 activities. First, students will open the AutoCAD program for a controlled amount of time to explore it on their own during the sponge activity. Then they will follow the instructor on a guided tour of the interface to familiarize themselves with key terms & elements related to AutoCAD as the instructor demonstrates on an overhead projector. In conclusion, the students will use remaining time to explore drawing and modification tools before continuing to the next lesson.

Lesson Time

Sponge Activity
15 Minutes
Instructional Demonstration
25 Minutes
Wrap Up
15 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Technology
    • Architectural Design
    • Engineering Design
    • Environmental Engineering
  • Information and Communication Technologies Information and Communication Technologies
    • Networking

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (4)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • The students will be able to:
  • Open and close a technical program successfully.
  • Identify key areas of the AutoCAD interface.
  • Identify key vocabulary terms related to the AutoCAD program.
  • Perform basic mouse and keyboard functions used with the AutoCAD program.
  • Create basic geometric shapes on a random scale.

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