Lesson 16: Spelling Bee


Part puzzle, part word search, the Spelling Bee asks students to program a bee to find common words in a grid.


Getting Started


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Students will be able to:

  • Arrange sequential movement commands to search for and identify target words within a grid of letters.
  • Practice spelling age-appropriate words


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Teaching Guide

Getting Started


  • Students should be able to read and identify the following words for this activity:
    • North
    • South
    • East
    • West
    • Jump
    • Code
    • Debug
    • Above
    • Below
    • Story
    • Move
    • Square


Spelling Bee

Very young students or struggling readers may need additional support finding the words - using manipulatives (like Scrabble tiles) can help students see what words look like in different directions.

Extended Learning

Use these activities to enhance student learning. They can be used as outside of class activities or other enrichment.

Vocab Hop Scotch

Using class vocab words, create a floor-sized word search. The whole class can then "program" a student, or teacher, to spell out words by creating sequences of cardinal directions.

Standards Alignment

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CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards

AP - Algorithms & Programming
  • 1A-AP-09 - Model the way programs store and manipulate data by using numbers or other symbols to represent information.
  • 1A-AP-11 - Decompose (break down) the steps needed to solve a problem into a precise sequence of instructions.