STREAM Ozobot into Preschool!
Children are naturally active and willing explorers, it is how they learn. We can foster this interest and provide our children with opportunities to experience and develop in the subject areas of science, technology, reading and language, engineering, art, and math (STREAM). When children participate in a variety of integrated experiences, the whole child is simultaneously engaged, empowering them to successful little learners! Ozobot's track and color language naturally falls within the domain of a preschoolers curious nature, therefore, providing early childhood educators avenues for incorporating STREAM activities into their classrooms.
An Ozobot is a one inch tall mini robot. It is great for learning simple code language, robotics, organized thinking and planning, deductive reasoning, choreography, and creative thinking, all while promoting teamwork and social cooperation!
Using Ozobot, children learn the building blocks of coding such as debugging, mapping between endpoints, and breaking down larger problems into smaller pieces that they can work through logically. The integration of a STREAM curriculum, and the use of Ozobot in an early childhood classroom, exposes young children to a problem-solving approach to learning. By teaching young children to code, or think like a programmer, we are giving them the skills they need to invent, create, and design. When we show children how to find solutions to problems, we are actually giving them the skills to create positive change in our communities.
Young children do not need to read to use Ozobot - the small smart robot uses a color language.
This 16 page STREAM Ozobot packet is full of over 70 pictures of classroom activities. There almost 100 activity suggestions to do using Ozobot from:
investigating force and motion,
studying light and shadows,
predicting and observing,
promoting an understanding of earth and the environment,
experimenting with time, speed, and distance,
introduce basic operations and concepts,
exploring real world experiences,
introducing simple tools,
scaffolding in language through knowledge of print and phonological awareness activities,
strengthening spatial awareness,
introducing motion, balance, and weight,
teach number concepts, patterns and geometry,
emphasize measurement concepts,
encourage exploration of Ozobot's color language through the arts,
connect with visual arts by singing and using 3D objects in the track design, demonstrate the use of lines and colors in our environment,
practice sequential order of events and abstraction,
study angles and lines...and much more!
There are many suggestions of activities you can incorporate using basic classroom supplies, markers, and Ozobot.
Vocabulary is included
Common Core Standards
"STREAMing Ozobot a NW Habitat" is another resource to use. The article has photographs, a task chart, and common core listed. This helpful article is located at gamerdog.org. Follow the children as they design a track, place appropriate codes, then build tunnels, elevators, backdrops, street signs, housing, and more!
Created by: Rene' Perry
All photographs taken by Rene Perry, unless noted on photograph (open source)
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