It's the perfect "Big Kids" version of Hop Scotch Coding, featuring your students' favorite dance moves! Your second through fifth graders will LOVE this brand new edition of Hop Scotch Coding Dance Party!
Hop Scotch Coding Dance Party provides a simple, interactive introduction to block-style coding that is perfect for second through fifth graders as they learn the basics of programming. After completing activities such as these, they can apply similar block coding strategies to coding websites and apps and eventually to more advanced languages of coding. This activity also works as an excellent challenge for students during the yearly “Hour of Code” during December and pairs wonderfully with the “Dance Party” program on code.org. There are video links provided on the Flow Control Structures chart to introduce each type of code. I’d also recommend reading aloud the book How to Code a Rollercoaster by Josh Funk. To allow students to be most successful, please MODEL and clearly discuss directions for this activity before they complete it with groups. You will also want to have students demonstrate the different dance moves so that they are familiar with each of them.
In groups of 3-4, students will build a sequence of code on the floor together. Each student will then take turns walking through the sequence of code and following the instructions all the way from START to STOP. A sequencing arrow means to advance forward and a dance move card signals a dance that the student must do. A looping mat can be placed behind a movement mat for students to repeat the action a given number of times. A function with a series of dance moves can be created separately from the code and when a student steps on a function card, they must do that specific series.
Includes the following:
p. 3-4: Teacher Instructions
p. 5: Coding Apps and Websites Poster
p. 6: What is Coding? Poster
p. 7-8: Flow Control Structures Posters/Video Links
p. 9: START mat
p. 10: STOP mat
p. 11: Sequencing Arrow mat
p. 12-14: Looping mats
p. 15-16: Function mats
p. 17-27: Dance Moves (Conditions) mats
p. 26: Credits
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