Coding in Elementary



On Tuesday, I will be teaching the faculty at my school all about code.org and how to get it started in their classrooms! If you have never been to the Code.org website and are interested in exposing your students to more computer science, you should definitely check it out! 

Code.org is great because it teaches kids computer science skills playing fun puzzles and games with characters that they love.  

Here is how to get started! :) 


 

 You can add your entire class with the click of the button using the add multiple students button!



You can choose how you want your students to log in. Students can login by using a picture, a word, or an e-mail address. 










There are even unplugged and online lessons that help teach and reinforce computer science vocabulary in a fun and kid friendly way! 


I strongly suggest that as a teacher, you also try out some of the puzzles and games for yourself. Not only is it good to have an idea what your students will be working on and how to solve the puzzles, but it is also kind of fun! :) 

Since I teach at a pre-k center with 18 other pre-k teachers, I broke down how code.org covers many different Texas Pre-K guidelines. That being said, code.org actually includes the Common Core standards, ISTE Standards, CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards, and NGSS Science and Engineering Practices that each lesson covers. It is right there for you! Doesn't get much easier than that ;)



If your kids love this and are excited about coding and computer science, here are some more fun websites and apps that they can check out!


Do you plan on incorporating computer science into your classroom? If you already do, what kinds of tools/programs do you use?
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My Classroom 2015-2016

Here is a little peak into my classroom for the 2015-2016 school year! Our classroom grows and changes throughout the year but this is the original set up before kiddos got here. :)


This is the view of my room from the door. 

Teach Glitter Grow classroom

Here is our morning message easel and big book stand. This is where most whole group instruction takes place. We got a new whole group carpet this year and I am in LOVE! I am also kind of obsessed with my big green "teacher chair" from Ikea!

Teach Glitter Grow classroom

This is the calendar wall, classroom management chart, and job chart.


The ABC line can be found here

Here is a closer look at the calendar:

Teach Glitter Grow Calendar

And our classroom jobs. I am LOVING how everything matches this year.

Teach Glitter Grow classroom jobs

You can find the class jobs here

The smart board area. We are so fortunate to have these in every classroom! We get a lot of use out of this thing! 


The interactive word wall


My old "teacher chair" is now the iPad chair.


A little peak inside dramatic play



Our cozy little classroom library




One side of the huge window in the back where I display shapes and house our science workstations.


The other side of the window where we hang all of the masterpieces made in the art workstation.

 

Our colors next to the art easel



A view of the classroom from the back. Here you can see our light table, lego table, discovery table, and more!



I am realizing I forgot to take pictures of several aspects of our classroom (oops!) but this will give you a general idea ;) 

All of the Chalkboard and Polka dot Bright resources and decor are available in one pack here!  

If you have questions about anything you see (what it is, how I use it, etc.), please feel free to ask in the comments below! 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my room! 
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