Once your students have completed at least five lessons of Programming 101 or equivalent coding experience, you can assign these NCSS-aligned projects to complement your teaching on topics in history, geography, civics, ethics, and digital citizenship. For example, if you’re teaching a lesson on how the continents have moved throughout history, you can assign the Pangea project. Your students will use coding to animate Pangea breaking up into present-day continents and do their own outside research to provide additional information about how continental drift has influenced modern geography and ecosystems.
With this collection of Social Studies 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.
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IntroductionIn this lesson, students will explore an interactive map to learn about different landforms. 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 explored! Activities include drawing landmark Actors; programming Actors to react when clicked (for web) or tapped (for mobile); writing fun facts about different landmarks; and layering Actors. “Step 6” of the tutorial includes extended activities, such as showing their project to a neighbor, discussing geographic features, and brainstorming ways to improve their project.
After completing the DIY module, students will be asked 5 multiple-choice quiz questions about different landforms such as hills, mountains, islands, deserts, rivers, and oceans. By the end of the lesson, students will have experimented with coding concepts (e.g., simple events, input/output, layers) while creating an interactive map that describes different geographical features.
- Landform: A physical feature of the Earth's surface
- Hill: A naturally raised piece of land
- Island: A piece of land completely surrounded by water
- Ocean: A large body of salt water
- Mountain: A very tall piece of land with steep slopes and a peak
- Desert: A dry piece of land with little water and few plants
- River: A natural flowing body of water
- Analyze a map about different landforms
- Use code blocks to create an interactive map about landforms
- Computers or iPads (1 per student) with student account access to Tynker.com
- simple events
- CCSS-Math: MP.1
- CCSS-ELA: L.RF.3.4.A, SL.3.1, RF.4.4.A, SL.4.1, 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