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These Christmas Coding Games are a wonderful way to introduce coding to students or as a way to practice coding without technology. These screen free games are also a fun way to participate and go beyond the Hour of Code™ without computers. You can use this as a center for students to practice logical reasoning and sequencing of steps. There are no wrong answers unless students don’t collect all of the necessary pieces. There are a number of types of boards and directions in this set so you can easily differentiate within your classroom.
These games make great STEM activity that can be played whole class, in groups, in partners or independently. The games can be put in a science center as a fun seasonal activity.
There are in this set. For each activity there are written and visual instructions with two different options for codes students can use.
☃ Christmas Eve Help- This challenge has two different levels of difficulty with 6 different game boards for each one. Students write a program to help Santa collect items to get ready to deliver presents.
☃ Get Santa Ready!- has 6 different game boards where students must follow a specific sequence in order to get Santa ready for his Christmas Eve trip. There is a less difficult version of the game boards with less steps for students to complete.
☃ Decorate the House- has 6 different game boards where students must follow a specific sequence in order to decorate the house for Christmas. There is a less difficult version of the game boards with less steps for students to complete.
☃ Build a Santa!- is a less sophisticated coding activity. You can use this to introduce coding or as a way to differentiate the activity. Students build a Santa by collecting each piece in any order. There are three different game boards and Santa comes in two different skin tones so you can use the one that best suits your class.
☃Decorate the Tree- is a second less sophisticated coding activity. Students collect the ornaments to go on the tree in any order. There are three different game boards for this activity.
☃ Recording Sheets
☃ Optional code cards
☃Optional moveable pieces
☃ Written and visual instructions
☃Build your own game board template
The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.
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