Your students are archeologists at the Jamestown Settlement. The settlement directors (teachers) would like to include information on the new website, and the students have been asked to make a program (ie presentation) on settlers first arriving in Jamestown and their first few years there. They must target this program to people who are not familiar with the Jamestown settlement to attract their attention and curiosity to want to see more of the settlement and get them to come visit Jamestown. Their program’s artifact should include pictures of real artifacts, maps, etc to help explain the sequence (ie timeline) of events or tell the story of the beginning of the settlement. They should include a brief explanation with each slide. They will present their presentation to peers who will give feedback as potential visitors to Jamestown.
Students will determine what type of data is needed to answer a question and will use Google Sheets to find patterns. These data skills are needed in many career and academic fields. In addition, students will use input output tables in their daily lives through the use of vending machines, banking, and taking trips to new places. This Performance Task allows them to practice these skills through real-world scenerios.
Students will create an artifact using computing systems to model the attributes and behaviors associated with a concept (e.g., day and night, animal life cycles, plant life cycles). Students are scientists (botanists, zoologists), who just found a new plant/animal in their chosen ecosystem. Their job is to introduce their new plant/animal to the scientific world! They will create a stop motion video to show their new plant/animal's life cycle.
Your task as an astronomer is to model the solar system using technology. You and your crew are just one group that have been asked by NASA to chart the solar system in order to create a simulation model for future astronauts. After you have accomplished this, you will present your model to the Director of NASA. They have given you several requirements for the simulation. Your simulation should include a map of the solar system that shows the appropriate distance, location, size and relation to the sun amongst the eight planets. You and your team can use a variety of options to complete your simulation. These include Google Suite tools (such as Google Slides, Google Docs, Jamboard, or any equivalent tool such as Microsoft Office), Coding resources (Scratch.edu, tynker.edu) or 3D printing software (Tinkercad) to present. Your map should also include a short descriptive paragraph for each planet explaining its distance, location, size, and at least 3 facts about the planet. If creating a video, you will still want to include descriptions for the planets as well as the three facts. Presentation to “NASA Directors” must answer the question: how does this simulation/model help future scientists?
This is an activity that can be used to introduce students to how the ASCII code is used in representing letters in coding. Students will be given a table of the ASCII code that will be used to decode words and phases. Then students will create a message in ASCII code and exchange with a fellow student to decyper the code. An extension of this lesson can be to intoduce students to binary code that represent each digit int he ASCII code.
Cross curricular lesson plan integrating Computer Science and English Standards CS 3.13, 3.6 ELA 3.6 g and h
This lesson incorporates both computer science and mathematics to analyze coding with patterns and proportional relationships. It uses the Turtle library with Python programming.
In this activity students will create a bracelet that represents their name in binary numbers. This activity can be used after the teacher has discussed the binary system and how it is used in the field of computer science.
This Edpuzzle assignment uses a clip from the YouTube video "Binary Numbers for Kids" by Socratica Kids to ask questions for understanding about binary numbers.
This activity will show the sorting process using the Bubble Sort Brute Force algorithm that is used by a computer when sorting data without using a computer.
This is a lesson plan where students will collect data using a survey, record their findings using a pictograph, and make predictions about their findings. This is from the essential knowledge of the Comptuer Science standard 2.11.
This is a lesson plan designed for instructors in which students conduct research on the town they live in, share their findings on Google Jamboard with their classmates, and organize their findings into a chart on Google Sheets in order to make predictions about the data.
This is a lesson plan based on the Computer Science standard, 2.12, where students will create a model. The students will visit a website first to see how a digital model looks and then will create their own digital models of the solar system by using Google Jamboard.
These Pocket Guides are a quick summary of each of the 6 computer science strands for grades K-8. The pocket guides explain what the strand is about and how it increases in complexity from Kindergarten to 8th grade.