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Monday, December 14, 2015

All Grades Get Involved in Coding Week at Bancroft

Kindergarten- Happy Maps
The kindergarten students learned how programmers have to give clear instructions and use a common language.  The students practice giving clear directions using up, down, left, and right arrows.  Once they understand the language, they begin to "program" one another by giving multiple instructions in advance. They practiced controlling the Flurb to the fruit.

First Grade- Move It Move It

The first grade students learned how programmers have to give clear instructions and use a common language.  The students practice controlling one another using simple combination of hand gestures.  Once they understand the language, they begin to "program" one another by giving multiple instructions in advance.

Second Grade- Real Life Algorithms 
The second grade students learned how programers use algorithms in their work  An algorithm is a list of step used to complete a task. The students talked about the different algorithms they use in school and at home. The students related the concepts of algorithms back to everyday real-life activities by listing the steps to planting a seed.

Third Grade- Code.org
The third grade students were introduced to the code.org site.  They were given their usernames and passwords.  They started working on course 1 where students will create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills and persist through difficult tasks.  By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story that they can share.  The students were also introduced to the "Coding Wall of Fame".  

Fourth Grade- Conditionals
The fourth grade students learned how coders use conditionals to help program games.  A conditional is a statement that only runs under certain conditions.  Students learned that condition can be used to help machines select the correct choice depending on the situation.  They practiced using conditionals in a card game.  They used the following conditions for Round 1: If card is RED, award your team 1 point or else Award other team 1 point. and Round 2: If card is RED, award your team 1 point or else if card is higher than 9, award other team 1 point or else award your team the same number of points on the card. 

Fifth Grade- Binary Bracelets
Fifth graders learned about how binary is extremely important to the computer world.  The majority of computers use all sorts of information in binary form.  This lesson help fifth graders to translate information into a series of ons and offs.
 
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