With the Holidays here, I thought I would show off some great coding lessons and projects you can do with your students before the long winter break.
Tickle Code for the Holidays
A great Sphero Edu project from Ms. S, have students create create a Christmas Tree, Wreath, Gingerbread man (my son did one) or even a Menorah. Create a story and then code it with Tickle app on IOS. If you are not an iPad or IOS school, you can use Sphero SPRK Lab through the chrome store with your PCs with bluetooth.
Ozobot Ho Ho Ho
Since receiving our Ozobots through our Donors Choose, my students from 2-5 have been coding up a storm and some of my favorite are STREAM winter stories. Ozobots code through color markers, the Ozoblocky App and the Ozobot Evos can be coded by remote and social contact. My students this past week and just before break have been creating some amazing adventures and stories with our Ozobots. One activity that my 5th grades came up on their own was creating snowflakes and then coding the snowflakes. We then combine them together to create a snowflake super track. This is such a fun activity you an try in your classroom.
Fly that Drone Sleigh
Much like Parrot Edu has really changed things for coding in the last year and we are gearing up for some major drone edu in the spring. You can code your school drones for some amazing lessons. Want students to research and recreate winter rescues? Use Tynker or classic Tickle App coding. Want to have students create a Santa delivery on Christmas? Dress up your drones to look like a sleigh and reindeer. However, to really put some STEAM or STREAM into your lessons. Have students create a Choose your own Adventure story. Have the drones become your characters and then give them a set of story cards either paper or digital (HyperDocs Google Slides) and have students read and code the drones as they move through the stories. A favorite of mine is creating the lost pterodactyl. A dinosaur lost in time and trying to find his way home. Have students code our thunder lizard hero as they move from one page to the next all in an effort to get back home.
Dash & Dot in a Winter Snow Storm
Couldn’t forget about my favorite robot duo of Dash and Dot and even more reasons why I want to get them for my Kinders. Using LEGOs, have students create on their own about a winter storm that comes to the area and then have student build tools to help Dash and Dot get through the storm. This is great for younger students about teaching them safety during winter storms, but also about having fun in the snow. Have to clear the streets of snow? Build a plow from LEGO for Dash to move snow made out of paper or cotton balls from LEGO houses. Use a foreman LEGO mini figure with Dot to organize snow cleanup. Have Dash and Dot play classical music for a skating party with LEGO. There are hundreds of ways you can use the Wonder Workshop bots for your classroom.