CourseA

Course A

Course A offers computer science curriculum for beginning readers around the kindergarten age range. Students will learn to program using commands like loops and events. The lessons featured in this course also teach students to collaborate with others meaningfully, investigate different problem-solving techniques, persist in the face of difficult tasks, and learn about internet safety. By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story from Play Lab that they can share.

Lesson 1: Debugging: Unspotted Bugs

Bug | Debugging | Persistence | Unplugged

  • Warm Up (12 min)
  • Marble Run Breakdown (10 - 20 min)
  • Wrap Up (10 - 20 min)
  • Extended Learning

Teacher Links: Teacher Video | Teacher Prep Guide | Storybook (PDF) Student Links: Emotion Images | Online Story | Reflection Journal

Lesson 2: Persistence & Frustration: Stevie and the Big Project

Fail | Frustrated | Persistence | Unplugged

  • Warm Up (15 min)
  • Marble Run (20 - 45 min)
  • Wrap Up (5 min)
  • Extended Learning

Teacher Links: Teacher Video | Teacher Prep Guide | Storybook (PDF) Student Links: Emotion Images | Online Story | Reflection Journal

Lesson 3: Real-Life Algorithms: Plant a Seed

Unplugged | Algorithms

  • Warm Up (10 min)
  • Main Activity (20 min)
  • Wrap Up (10 - 20 min)
  • Assessment (15 min)
  • Extended Learning

Teacher Links: Unplugged Video | Teacher Video | Worksheet | Worksheet Answer Key | Assessment | Assessment Answer Key Student Links: Emotion Images | Reflection Journal

Lesson 4: Learn to Drag and Drop

Click | Double-Click | Drag | Drop | Pair Programming

  • Warm Up (10 min)
  • Bridging Activity - Drag and Drop (10 - 15 min)
  • Main Activity (20 - 30 min)
  • Wrap Up (5 - 10 min)
  • Extension Activities

Teacher Links: Teacher Video | Website | Lesson Recommendations Student Links: Emotion Images | Student Video | Reflection Journal

Lesson 5: Programming Unplugged: Happy Maps

Algorithms | Sequencing | Unplugged

  • Warm Up (5 min)
  • Activity (40 min)
  • Wrap Up (8 min)
  • Extended Learning

Teacher Links: Teacher Video | Worksheet Answer Key Student Links: Emotion Images | Worksheet | Manipulatives | Reflection Journal

Lesson 6: Programming in Maze

Algorithms | Debugging | Program | Programming

  • Warm Up (5 min)
  • Bridging Activity - Choose One (10 min)
  • Previewing Online Puzzles as a Class (3 min)
  • Main Activity (30 min)
  • Wrap Up (5 - 10 min)
  • Extended Learning

Teacher Links: Website | Lesson Recommendations Student Links: Handout | Emotion Images | Manipulatives | Reflection Journal

Lesson 7: Common Sense Education: Going Places Safely

Common Sense Education | Unplugged

  • Warm Up (20 min)
  • Main Activity (20 min)
  • Wrap Up (15 min)
  • Assessment (5 min)
  • Extended Learning

Teacher Links: Teacher Video | Lesson Video | Assessment | Assessment Answer Key | Website | Resource List Student Links: Emotion Images | Reflection Journal

Lesson 8: Loops Unplugged: Happy Loops

Unplugged | Loop | Repeat

  • Warm-Up (5 min)
  • Main Activity (20 min)
  • Wrap Up (8 min)
  • Extension Activities

Teacher Links: Teacher Video Student Links: Emotion Images | Worksheet | Worksheet | Manipulatives | Manipulatives | Reflection Journal

Lesson 9: Loops in Collector

Loop | Collector

  • Warm Up (10 min)
  • Bridging Activity - Loops (10 min)
  • Main Activity (30 min)
  • Wrap Up (5 - 10 min)
  • Extended Learning

Teacher Links: Website | Lesson Recommendations Student Links: Emotion Images | Manipulatives | Reflection Journal

Lesson 10: Loops in Artist

Loop | Artist

  • Warm Up (10 min)
  • Main Activity (30 min)
  • Wrap Up (5 - 10 min)

Teacher Links: Website | Lesson Recommendations | Video Student Links: Emotion Images | Reflection Journal

Lesson 11: Events Unplugged: The Big Event

Unplugged | Event

  • Warm Up (15 min)
  • Main Activity (15 min)
  • Wrap Up (15 min)
  • Assessment (10 min)
  • Extended Learning

Teacher Links: Unplugged Video | Teacher Video | Worksheet | Assessment | Assessment Answer Key Student Links: Emotion Images | Reflection Journal

Lesson 12: Events in Play Lab

Play Lab | Event

  • Warm Up (10 min)
  • Bridging Activity - Events (10 min)
  • Main Activity (30 min)
  • Wrap Up (5 - 10 min)
  • Extended Learning

Teacher Links: Website | Lesson Recommendations Student Links: Emotion Images | Manipulatives | Reflection Journal