Algorithms for Classroom Routines
Students will collaborate with a partner to create algorithms for classroom routines. They will create an illustrated anchor chart for all of the class to follow these algorithms.
Time: (40 minutes to 1 hour)
Objective: Students will collaborate with a partner to create algorithms for classroom routines. They will create an illustrated anchor chart for all of the class to follow these algorithms.
small poster board or anchor chart paper
markers, pens, pencils,
Watch video Algorithm Al located on You Tube.
Tell students- “An algorithm is a list of steps that we do in order. Computers and Robots need algorithms to know what to do but algorithms are not just for computers and robots. We need lists of steps in our classroom so we know what to do.
Now we are going to work with a partner to create algorithms (a list of steps) for things we do in our classroom.”
Allow students to help brainstorm or help “PLAN” areas that need algorithms.
These areas might be:
Unpacking in the morning - where to put your backpack, folders, homework papers, etc.
Lining up for a transition - hands behind your back, eyes facing forward, staring at the hair in front of you.
Walking in the hall - hands behind your back, eyes forward, staring at the hair in front of you, pressing your lips together, stay on the right side, (or follow the line in the hall)
Taking care of chromebook or tablets- unplug device, hug it to your body as you carry it to your work space, use both hands, return it to it’s spot and plug it back in
Getting lunch trays- stand quietly so the workers can hear your choices, use both hands to slide your tray, look with your eyes first before you touch any of the items to pick up. Touch only the one you want.
Packing up to go home- put homework in folder, put folder in backpack, put coat on, put backpack on, stand in your assign dismissal area
Tier 2 or 3 students may draw pictures of the steps and adults can help label with words
Tier 1 or gifted students may be able to add some of their own words or beginning letter sounds.
Option: type the steps on labels and attach to the posters.
Debrief: Essential Questions for curriculum framework
What tools can an author/comic book artist/movie director use to write a story? (or create a poster)
Why would authors want different ways to organize a story?