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3-5 Computer Science Curriculum
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SFUSD's creative computing curriculum introduces computer science as a creative, collaborative, and engaging discipline to children in third through fifth grade.

Across 15-20 lessons at each grade level, students will learn about algorithms and programming, computing systems, the Internet, and impacts of computing, while developing strong practices and dispositions. Lessons are designed to be implemented in 45 to 60-minute periods approximately once per week.

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Information Technology Education
Educational Technology
Computer Science
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Adapted primarily from Creative Commons licensed resources developed by the ScratchEd team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Code.org. See also the original ScratchEd Creative Computing curriculum guide.
Created by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Computer Science team: CSinSF.org.
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03/21/2019
7-Plank KEVA Challenge
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This is a computer science lesson plan created by educators in the South Sanpete School District. Students will use seven KEVA planks and their creativity to build items specified by the teacher. The lesson is designed for kindergarten and includes modifications for grades 1-4.

Subject:
Elementary Mathematics
Computer Science
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Julia
Date Added:
03/18/2022
App Showcase Guide
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Designing apps is great way to work together to solve challenges you care about. And by hosting an in-person or virtual app showcase, you give aesiring coders a chance to celebrate their ingenuity as they present their ideas and share their solutions with peers, families, and the community.

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Educational Technology
Computer Science
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Activity/Lab
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Apple
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Apple Teacher
Date Added:
12/03/2021
BeeBot Code and Go: Sequencing D3
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This is a computer science lesson plan created by educators in the South Sanpete School District. This lesson plan utilizes BeeBot robots. Students will explore the concepts of sequencing and making a mental plan before coding. Students will engage in a math game to solidify their skill of sequencing and creating an algorithm. The lesson is designed for third grade and includes modifications for grades K-5.

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Elementary Mathematics
Computer Science
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Julia
Date Added:
03/18/2022
Bee Bots - K
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This is an introductory Bee Bot lesson for Kindergarten teachers. It introduces students to programming and coding. It is fun, interactive, and engaging for both teachers and students!

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Computer Science
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Author:
Stephanie
Date Added:
09/24/2021
BlueBot Debugging with Grace Hopper
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This is a computer science lesson plan created by educators in the South Sanpete School District. Students will read a story that describes the first computer bug. This book will help students to see character qualities in a computer scientist who broke social norms, persevered, and loved solving problems. They will then go on to debug programs with bugs using Blue Bots. The lesson is designed for fifth grade and includes modifications for grades 1-5. 

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Elementary English Language Arts
Computer Science
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Julia
Date Added:
03/18/2022
Building Cryptosystems
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This video module presents an introduction to cryptography - the method of sending messages in such a way that only the intended recipients can understand them. In this very interactive lesson, students will build three different devices for cryptography and will learn how to encrypt and decrypt messages. There are no prerequisites for this lesson, and it has intentionally been designed in a way that can be adapted to many audiences. It is fully appropriate in a high school level math or computer science class where the teacher can use it to motivate probability/statistics or programming exercises. nteractive lesson, students will learn to build the cryptography devices and will learn how to send and ''crack'' secret messages.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Daniel J. Sturtevant
Date Added:
12/10/2020
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.11: Structuring Data
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In this lesson, students go further into the collection and interpretation of data, including cleaning and visualizing data. Students first look at the how presenting data in different ways can help people to understand it better, and they then create visualizations of their own data. Using a the results of a preferred pizza topping survey, students must decide what to do with data that does not easily fit into the visualization scheme that they have chosen. Finally, students look at which parts of this process can be automated by a computer and which need a human to make decisions.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.12: Making Decisions with Data
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In this lesson students get practice making decisions with data based on some problems designed to be familiar to middle school students. Students work in groups discussing how they would use the data presented to make a decision before the class discusses their final choices. Not all questions have right answers and in some cases students can and should decide that they should collect more data. The lesson concludes with a discussion of how different people could draw different conclusions from the same data, or how collecting different data might have affected the decisions they made.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.13: Interpreting Data
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Students begin the lesson by looking at a cake preference survey that allows respondents to specify both a cake and an icing flavor. They discuss how knowing the relationship between cake and icing preference helps them better decide which combination to recommend. They are then introduced to cross tabulation, which allows them to graph relationships to different preferences. They use this technique to find relationships in a preference survey, then brainstorm the different types of problems that this process could help solve.

Subject:
Computer Science
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Lesson Plan
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Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.14: Automating Data Decisions
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In this lesson students look at a simple example of how a computer could be used to complete the decision making step of the data problem solving process. Students are given the task of creating an algorithm that could suggest a vacation spot. Students then create rules, or an algorithm, that a computer could use to make this decision automatically. Students share their rules and what choices their rules would make with the class data. They then use their rules on data from their classmates to test whether their rules would make the same decision that a person would. The lesson concludes with a discussion about the benefits and drawbacks of using computers to automate the data problem solving process.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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Code.org
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CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.15: Project - Make a Recommendation
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To conclude this unit, students design a recommendation engine based on data that they collect and analyze from their classmates. After looking at an example of a recommendation app, students follow a project guide to complete this multi-day activity. In the first several steps, students choose what choice they want to help the user to make, what data they need to give the recommendation, create a survey, and collect information about their classmates' choices. They then interpret the data and use what they have learned to create the recommendation algorithm. Last, they use their algorithms to make recommendations to a few classmates. Students perform a peer review and make any necessary updates to their projects before preparing a presentation to the class.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.1: Problem Solving with Big Data
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In this lesson, students look at how data is collected and used by organizations to solve problems in the real world. The lesson begins with a quick review of the data problem solving process they explored in the last lesson. Then students are presented three scenarios that could be solved using data and brainstorm the types of data they would want to solve them and how they could collect the data. Each problem is designed to reflect a real-world service that exists. After brainstorming, students watch a video about a real-world service and record notes about what data is collected by the real-world service and how it is used. At the end of the lesson, students record whether data was provided actively by a user, was recorded passively, or is collected by sensors.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.1: Representation Matters
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In the first lesson of the data unit, students get an overview of what data is and how it is used to solve problems. Students start off with a brief discussion to come to a common understanding of data. They then split into groups and use a data set to make a series of meal recommendations for people with various criteria. Each group has the choices of meal represented in a different way (pictures, recipes, menu, nutrition) that gives an advantage for one of the recommendations. Afterwards, groups compare their responses and discuss how the different representations of the meal data affected how the students were able to solve the different problems.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.2: Patterns and Representation
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In this lesson students create their own system for representing information. They begin by brainstorming all the different systems they already use to represent yes-no responses. They then work in small groups to create a system that can represent any letter in the alphabet using only a single stack of cards. The cards used have one of 6 different possible drawings (6 animals, 6 colors, etc.) and so to represent the entire alphabet students will need to use patterns of multiple cards to represent each letter. Students create messages with their systems and exchange with other groups to ensure the system worked as intended. In the wrap-up discussion the class reviews any pros and cons of the different systems. They discuss commonalities between working systems and recognize that there are many possible solutions to this problem and what's important is that everyone use the same arbitrary system to communicate.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.3: ASCII and Binary Representation
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In this lesson students learn to use their first binary system for encoding information, the ASCII system for representing letters and other characters. At the beginning of the lesson the teacher introduces the fact that computers must represent information using either "on" or "off". Then students are introduced to the ASCII system for representing text using binary symbols. Students practice using this system before encoding their own message using ASCII. At the end of the lesson a debrief conversation helps synthesize the key learning objectives of the activity.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.4: Representing Images
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In this lesson students learn how computers represent images. To begin the lesson they consider the challenge of turning all the complexity of vision into a binary pattern. Through a series of images showing how this transformation is made students are introduced to the concept of splitting images into squares or "pixels" which can then be turned on or off individually to make the entire image. Students then do a short set of challenges using the Pixelation Widget in order to draw black and white images. Puzzles are designed to call out some of the challenges of representing images in this way. In the wrap up students make connections between the system for representing images and the system for representing text they learned in the previous lesson.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019
CS Discoveries 2019-2020: Data and Society Lesson 5.5: Representing Numbers
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In this lesson, students learn about the binary number system. With a set of cards that represent the place values in a binary (base-2) number system by a collection of dots, students turn bits "on" or "off" by turning cards face up and face down, then observe the numbers that result from these different patterns. Eventually, students extend the pattern to a generic 4-bit system.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Discoveries 2019-2020
Date Added:
11/06/2019