The Hour of Code
Did you know this week is Computer Science Education Week? To celebrate, the Hour of Code began several years ago and has become a world wide phenomenon. While many of us complete the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code can happen anytime during the year. It is a time to just celebrate the creativity and critical thinking required to learn how to code in a fun, engaging way. The resources at the bottom of this page have some really fun games to learn coding. However, if you want to tie in coding with your lesson plans, there is one in particular for third grade called Multiplication Escape in which you code your own math game. There are also unplugged lessons (where you do not need technology access) you can use to learn sequencing, problem solving skills, and more! I could see this being turned into a Writer's Workshop tie-in if you have them write an informational piece on how to play a game or maybe write their feelings about playing the Hour of Code. Google is also hosting a fun holiday themed coding event this month where they post a new coding game each day. My favorite has been the Code Lab where students can learn the movement of directions and building a game with a fun holiday theme, but there are a lot in Santa's Village to choose from! Going along with another math resource, there is one with coding your own snowflake, which could be tied into a symmetry lesson.
If you want to know more about coding or how to use it authentically in your classroom, I would be more than happy to work with you!
Hour of Code 'Hook' Videos
Visit the Hour of Code website to find a wealth of activities and to get started by signing up sharing your own Hour of Code!
Hour of Code Resources