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Touch to Code
Lab 1 - Code and Read

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Show Your Learning

Active Share

  • Have each group share the word they end with. When it is their turn, students hold up their Tile, to show the class their word. Then they can share their project, and have the whole class sound out and read the word together. The group who is sharing can then “check” the answer the class gives. 
  • If there are particular letter sounds that students are confusing, use this opportunity to address those misconceptions, and reinforce the correct letter sounds together.

Discussion Prompts

Digital Documentation

  • Take short videos of groups as they share their completed projects with you throughout the Lab. Share these videos with your classroom community to show how students are learning about programming languages by coding their 123 Robots to help them read words. 

Student-Driven Visible Thinking

  • Note students’ words during your conversations throughout the Lab, and how they are making sense of the concepts of programming language and robot behaviors. Hang them in your classroom, to remind students of these connections in future Labs. This is also a good baseline to see how students’ understanding develops the more they work with the 123 Robots.

Metacognition-Reflecting Together

  • What is the programming language that we used with our 123 Robots today? How did we communicate our project to the 123 Robot? 
  • What is similar or different about how you communicate behaviors that you want your 123 Robot to do, compared to how you would communicate behaviors with your friends and family? 
  • If you were going to explain what a robot behavior was to a visitor to our classroom, how would you describe it? 
  • What was one thing your group did not get right the first time? How did you solve the problem?