Lesson Plan

Teach Computer Coding with Flocabulary + Tynker!

This lesson plan guides students through the basics of thinking like a computer programmer!
Blair M.
Technology coordinator
Western School of Science and Technology
Phoenix, AZ
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science
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Objectives

I can explain the steps computer programmers go through. 

I can use these steps to make a computer program.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Science
Grades 3 - 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook: Get kids excited about computer programming!

Flocabulary
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Pull up the Computer Programming is a Process video on Flocabulary here: https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/computer-programming/

If you have learning objectives up in your room or on your PowerPoint, make sure you have students read through it.

Tell students you are about to watch a video about computer programming. Tell them that there are 5 steps to computer programming, and ask them to pay special attention to those five steps and remember them!

Student Instructions

Students will watch the video and pay special attention to the five steps of computer programming.

2 Talk through steps of computer programming!

Activity: Conversing

As students turn-and-talk about the five steps of computer programming, circulate the room to ensure students remember and understand the five steps. 

 

Student Instructions

Have students do a turn-and-talk about what the five steps of computer programming is. 

3 Complete Printable Activity or Lyric Lab on Flocabulary

Flocabulary
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Depending on grade level and student skill level, complete the Printable Activity or Lyric Lab for the Computer Programming video on Flocabulary.

4 Put your coding knowledge into practice!

Tynker
Free to Try, Paid

Now that students have learned about computer programming, have them go on to Tynker to practice the five steps of computer programming!

If you have purchased Tynker, you can assign content to students based on their grade level. 

If you haven't purchased Tynker, there are many free activities that can keep students busy for the remainder of the class period. Find one and share the link with them!

While students work, circulate and check in with students. 

5 Close out the lesson!

Activity: Conversing

After students have had at least 20 minutes on Tynker, pull them together to complete either a circle share (where each student shares one sentence about their experience using a sentence starter like: One way I acted like computer programmer was...) or a turn-and-talk. 

Close out the lesson with writing down the ways students used computer programming skills and the five steps to computer programming.