Coding made easy!
Everything you need to get started with coding. Before breaking out the robots, teach students the foundations of coding. Students learn the basics of directional coding and write their own code! No robots needed!
New to Coding?
No worries! Coding can be intimidating, but you don't have to have a background in computer science to teach coding. This resource is designed to be so simple a sub could use it. Get started with coding today! Perfect activity for Hour of Code.
Connect to Read Aloud: Unplugged by Steve Antony
Students learn best through story. Unplugged by Steve Antony is a fantastic book to introduce basic concepts of coding to students.
Students learn the logic and thinking that goes into writing codes using Directional Coding. They learn 5 vocabulary words: Programmer, Code, Command, Unplugged, and Sequence.
Students connect coding and sequencing to retelling stories. After students write their code they use it to retell the story with their partner. At the end, students reflect on what they learned using the included reflection pages.
- Teacher Instructions (with photo)
- Student Instructions
- Student Coding Journal
- Student Unplugged Coding Activity (Includes Partner Coding Practice)
- Student Reflection Sheet
- Coding Vocabulary Words
- CSTA and Common Core Standards
- TpT Digital Version for Distance Learning with Google Classroom
To use Easel for Distance Learning, select "Open in Easel" on this listing.
Aligns to CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) and Common Core.
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1A-AP-11 Decompose (break down) the steps needed to solve a problem into a precise sequence of instructions.