Have made the connection to writing a sentence or a short story. In order to make sense, it needs to be in order. For example, does it make sense to come to school before you get out of bed?
Have also made a grid on the floor that acts as a map. Have a dog house located in one section of the grid and a stuffed dog (that a child holds and moves) on the other. In between, there are flowers in some of the spaces. The kids verbally have to get the 'dog' to the house without stepping on the flowers. We use precise language (move forward, turn right, turn left). Then we take those verbal directions and begin to write them out. We talk about how long it would take to continue writing and that the same short sentences are being used over and over. That, turns into pieces of code. From there, small groups can work together to write code, the term debugging is introduced and the need for precision is discussed. We also see which path is the most efficient. This was an idea that I got from a colleague, Kristen Wertz.