The First 3 Coding Lessons You Need to Teach Kids

The First 3 Coding Lessons You Need to Teach Kids

The biggest barrier to teaching coding is the misconception that it is another skill that needs to be taught.

In reality, coding is simply a tool that can be leveraged to teach standards in a more powerful, creative, and connected way!

The Benefits of Coding for Kids

Students shouldn’t be just learning to code, instead they should be using coding to learn!

Coding teaching kids many skills including critical thinking, story telling and retelling, problem solving, and teamwork.

Intro to Unplugged Coding Activity

When students are first introduced to coding it is almost like teaching them a new language.

This is why it is essential to start with the basics. The following are the first three lessons we recommend teaching when introducing students to coding.

Intro to Unplugged Coding

1.) Intro to Unplugged Coding

The first lesson to teach students is an Intro to Unplugged Coding Activity. We believe in starting with unplugged coding because it gives students a chance to learn the thinking behind coding before applying it with a robot or computer program.

In the intro activity it is important to introduce students to some of the basic coding vocabulary such as programmer, code, command, bug, and debug.

There are many types of unplugged coding activities, but we recommend starting with directional coding as the directional arrows are more relatable to students than other symbols.

Unplugged Story Retelling Coding Activity

2.) Unplugged Coding Story Retelling

Once students understand the basic coding vocabulary, it is time to focus on the most essential coding skill, which is sequencing.

Make connections between sequencing and skills that students are already familiar with like cause and effect and story retelling.

It is essential for students to understand that if their code is not written in the correct order, then the program won’t work. Relate this to how a story told in the wrong order doesn’t make sense.

A great read aloud to use for this retelling activity is Unplugged by Steve Antony.

Unplugged Code a Story Activity

3.) Unplugged Code a Story Activity

Once students are familiar with unplugged directional coding activities they will be able to retell any story using coding.

The ultimate goal is for students to use their creativity and integrate coding and writing by coding their own story.

Unplugged Coding Activities

We hope you now have a game plan for getting started with coding!

Save time and implement these lessons immediately with our no-prep coding activities:

Lesson 1: Intro to Unplugged Coding

Lesson 2: Unplugged Read-Aloud Coding

Lesson 3: Code a Story

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