Just Starting Out


#1

Greetings!

I am just jumping into coding with my primary aged students. I have one major question:

  1. Which course should I start with (I have separate groups of first and second graders)?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated…Thanks in advance!

Jennifer


#2

Jennifer,
I would start the 1st graders on course B and the 2nd graders on course C.
If they need to all be on the same course, then put them all on Course B.
Eileen


#3

Thank you so much for responding! It may not be necessary for them all to be on the same lesson. I will take your suggestion under advisement. I am super new to this, so any information (best practices) is greatly appreciated.


#4

This is the best page for grades K-5 teachers to start with:
https://code.org/educate/curriculum/elementary-school

  1. Click the “Find a Workshop” button and attend a one day workshop in your area! Great PD! You’ll learn everything you need to know!
  2. Click on the “Curriculum Guide for Courses A-F” and read the first 28 pages when you have time.
  3. Scroll down to Courses A-F and click the yellow “Lesson Plans” button under Course B.

I always show the students the “Pair Programming” video (Course B - Lesson 4) and we discuss it. They learn to work together with 2 students on one computer. When they start working the online coding puzzles in Lesson 4, they work together as a team. It’s awesome! Have fun!