Set the Stage to Engage
As I had determined Wall-E would be the theme for the day (other than the big word of ALGORITHM, which we said computers understand algorithms, not directions), why not have fun with a little room transformation? Some black lights, laser lights, rope lights, and other decor can quickly and easily change the look of the classroom for a dramatic effect. Plus, I found a cute little stuffed Wall-E and Eve on Amazon that I just couldn't resist! I always second guess myself if a classroom transformation is worth the time, energy, and potential distractions from students. This was simple with pretty much just additional lights (2 black lights, a small laser light, and 1 rope light string), but it is amazing the effect that it has on students. Don't get me wrong, there definitely is a few minutes of the wow-factor and exploration (even with just lights!), but it definitely sets the mood for the day, activities, and learning.
Computers Need Directions
- Dental South - Dr. Peter Garchow D.D.S. and his team made an amazing donation of toothpaste for students to use (and take home) for this activity.
- The school Social Worker (Sydney Hanlon from KSSN), who was able to help us acquire toothbrushes to use for the activity.
- Our amazing district nurse Becky Quigley from Spectrum Health who helped me immensely in acquiring the donations.
To help them understand how a code for a word might appear to a computer, we coded our names. Students had to identify the letters of their name, find the corresponding binary code, and then determine how many ones and zeros were in each binary letter string. Once they figured how many ones and zeros were needed for their name, they could begin assembling their binary name necklace. At first I think they seemed a little overwhelmed by the worksheet, but quickly realized that they could quickly build their code and do the necessary math to find out how many beads they would need. They were so proud of their necklaces and were excited to share what they did with their families.
Code a Path
Run the Red Carpet
Code the Red Carpet with Ozobots
Code a Dance Party
I love creating and sharing things with others as I know how much I enjoy when I can find something for free that I can use right away with students. This is the main thing that motivates me to share my own creations for free on my site here. I do ask that if you use what I share and really like it, please consider making a donation to my DonorsChoose or Amazon Wish List. I choose to do it this way as everything that is donated goes right into the hands of the students I work with, not my pocket.
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