Description

Once your students have completed at least five lessons of Programming 101 or equivalent coding experience, you can assign these NGSS-aligned projects to complement your teaching on topics in biology, anatomy, and genetics. For example, if you’re teaching a lesson on food chains, you can assign the ecological pyramid project. Your students will choose an ecosystem and use coding and outside research to create a unique interactive ecological pyramid.

With this collection of life science projects, you can easily integrate coding and project-based learning into your curriculum. Each STEM lesson walks students through how to make a project about something they’re learning in school with step-by-step instructions. At each step, it encourages them to make their project unique and interesting, emphasizing that coding is a creative medium much like writing or drawing.

We’re constantly updating our STEM courses with new projects, so if there’s something you’d like us to add, send us a message at support@tynker.com.

What Students Learn

  • Use programming for science projects
  • Build a slide show on a topic
  • Build a quiz game
  • Make an interactive charts and models
  • Use animation to illustrate
  • Narrate using your own voice
  • Use the physics engine to model
  • Troubleshoot and debug programs

Technical Requirements

* Online courses require a modern desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet access and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Edge (20+) browser. No downloads required.
* Tablet courses require an iPad (iOS 10+) with Tynker or Tynker Junior app installed and Internet access

Lesson Summary

Create a project that shows the life cycle of a frog.
Introduction
In this lesson, students will watch an interactive project to learn about the life cycle of a frog. Next, students will follow a step-by-step tutorial in the DIY (do-it-yourself) module to create their own version of the project they just watched! Activities include using different Actors to illustrate the various stages of the frog’s life cycle, adding sound effects, and customizing details for each stage of the cycle. If students finish early, ask them to complete the challenge activity in “Step 6” of the tutorial, which encourages them to add animations to their Actors! Note: Students are provided the necessary code blocks to complete the challenge activity.

After completing the DIY module, students will be asked 5 multiple-choice quiz questions about a frog’s life cycle. By the end of the lesson, students will have experimented with coding concepts (e.g., simple events, simple loops, simple sound playing, text handling, input/output) while learning about the life cycle of a frog!

Code Blocks

Vocabulary
  • Amphibian: Animal that lives in water during its larval stage and on land as an adult
  • Frog embryo: A developing organism, beginning to grow organs and gills, formed from cells in the frog's egg
  • Tadpole: A young, tailed amphibian, developed from a frog embryo, that lives in the water

Objectives
Students will...
  • Analyze a project that demonstrates the life cycle of a frog
  • Use code blocks to create an interactive project that demonstrates the life cycle of a frog

Materials
  • Computers or iPads (1 per student) with student account access to Tynker.com

Concepts
  • simple events
  • simple loops
  • simple sound playing
  • text handling
  • input/output

Standards
  • NGSS-Science: 3.LS1.1
  • CCSS-Math: MP.1
  • CCSS-ELA: L.RF.3.4.A, SL.3.1 L.RF.4.4.A, SL.4.1 L.RF.5.4.A, SL.5.1
  • CSTA: 1B-AP-11, 1B-AP-12, 1B-AP-15
  • CS CA: 3-5.AP.10, 3-5.AP.13, 3-5.AP.14, 3-5.AP.17
  • ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d, 6.b

Class Presentations

These student-facing slide presentations help educators seamlessly run Tynker lessons in a virtual or physical classroom setting. Each lesson has its own set of slides that introduce the big ideas, suggest unplugged activities, and include a section for each activity module. While running lesson slides, you can switch back and forth between the activity, the slides, answer keys and other lesson materials.
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Lesson 1
Life Cycle of a Frog
24 Slides
Lesson 2
Ocean Food Chain Pyramid
24 Slides
Lesson 3
Life Cycle of a Dragonfly
23 Slides
Lesson 4
Butterfly Life Cycle
27 Slides
Lesson 5
Silkworm Life Cycle
20 Slides
Lesson 6
Deep Sea
19 Slides
Lesson 7
Parts of a Bee
21 Slides
Lesson 8
Parts of Corn
23 Slides
Lesson 9
Insect Anatomy
22 Slides
Lesson 10
Food Web
22 Slides
Lesson 11
Types of Trees
22 Slides
Lesson 12
Teeth
22 Slides
Lesson 13
Adaptation and Survival
21 Slides
Lesson 14
Dispersion of Seeds
22 Slides
Lesson 15
What Do Plants Need?
20 Slides
Lesson 16
Uses of Sunlight
17 Slides
Lesson 17
The Five Senses
22 Slides