Think Like a Computer
Lower Elementary School
Description: Computational thinking involves approaching and solving problems like a computer. This project introduces students to a variety of foundational computational thinking concepts. During Lesson One, students explore abstraction, data collection, data representation, and data analysis by drawing and interpreting a bar graph. In Lesson Two, students learn about problem decomposition, algorithms, and simulation by instructing a partner on how to draw a monster.
Distance Learning: This project includes an in-person learning and distance learning option. The in-person learning option requires a laser cutter/engraver.
Standards: This project aligns to Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, and Florida CPALMS Standards for kindergarten through second grade.
21st Century Skills: Creativity, Flexibility, Communication, Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Technology Literacy
Recognize the language of computers.
Create and interpret a bar graph.
Produce and communicate a clear set of instructions.
Use and share makerspace equipment safely.