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 ancient history, you can assign the Ancient Civilizations project. Your students will use coding to create an interactive timeline of ancient civilizations and do their own outside research to provide additional information about each time period.
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 play a quiz game where they’ll need to click (for web) or tap (for mobile) on the flag, then type in the name of the country the flag belongs to. Next, students will follow a step-by-step tutorial in the DIY (do-it-yourself) module to create their own version of the quiz game they just played! Activities include customizing the background; adding music and sound effects; adding flags; and programming the game to ask the user a question. “Step 6” of the tutorial includes extended activities such as experimenting with graphic effects.
After completing the DIY module, students will be asked 5 multiple-choice quiz questions about different flags around the world, such as the flags of Canada, Mexico, the United States, and Japan. By the end of the lesson, students will have experimented with coding concepts (e.g., simple sound playing, simple events, basic math, input/output, conditional loops) while creating a quiz game that tests the user’s knowledge of world flags.
- Country: A nation with its own government
- Identify flags from different countries
- Use code blocks to create a quiz game about world flags
- Computers or iPads (1 per student) with student account access to Tynker.com
- simple sound playing
- simple events
- basic math
- conditional loops
- CCSS-Math: MP.1
- CCSS-ELA: SL.6.1, SL.7.1, SL.8.1
- CSTA: 2-AP-12, 2-AP-13, 2-AP-16, 2-AP-17
- CS CA: 6-8.AP.13, 6-8.AP.16, 6-8.AP.17
- ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d, 6.b