December 4th-7th was the Hour of Code from code.org. What is the Hour of Code? "The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts! Over the past three years, the Hour of Code has reached tens of millions of students in 180+ countries." (www.code.org) Hope Valley students comments included "The Hour of Code was...amazing, fantastic, exhilarating, spectacular, more than words, a dream come true, extreme, fun, creative, cool, super, thrilling, great, hard, exciting and an excellent learning experience" I think it's safe to say, it was a winner!
My last post highlighted grade K, 1 and 3. So what are grades 2 and 4 up to? Grade 4 is working on algorithms in daily life from our course in coding. Students played the Dice Race game and had to write the directions for others after learning how the game worked. Did your 4th grader test you with his/her algorithm? We are also studying author and illustrator Chris van Allsburg and discussing his work.
Second grade is learning about various genres through the work of Tomie dePaola. We had a great time looking at the country Italy from a setting in one of Tomie's books and used Google maps to see what the actual places look like. Students created his/her own map of the places the character, Big Anthony visited in the story. There is just so much to talk about with Tomie's books!