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This course is included with our Coding/STEAM Curriculum - Middle School Plan

A collection of fun programming projects that demonstrate the application of coding to topics in middle-school history, geography, civics, and digital citizenship.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Intermediate
  • Web iPad

Description

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.

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 Social Studies projects
  • Build a slide show on a topic
  • Build a quiz game
  • Make an interactive chart
  • Use animation to illustrate
  • Narrate using your own voice
  • 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 quiz that tests your knowledge of world flags.
Introduction
In 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.

Code Blocks

Vocabulary
  • Country: A nation with its own government

Objectives
Students will...
  • Identify flags from different countries
  • Use code blocks to create a quiz game about world flags

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

Concepts
  • simple sound playing
  • simple events
  • basic math
  • input/output
  • conditional loops

Standards
  • 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

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.
A sample slide presentation is available for your review. Please log in to view all the class presentations available with your plan..
Lesson 1
World Flags Quiz
23 Slides
Lesson 2
World Traveler
24 Slides
Lesson 3
Famous Explorers and Conquerors
19 Slides
Lesson 4
Civil War Map Quiz
20 Slides
Lesson 5
13 Colonies
18 Slides
Lesson 6
Declaration of Independence
18 Slides
Lesson 7
Ancient Civilizations
24 Slides
Lesson 8
Religion Vocabulary
20 Slides
Lesson 9
Famous Artists
18 Slides
Lesson 10
Industrialization
28 Slides
Lesson 11
Lunar Year
24 Slides
Lesson 12
How a Bill Becomes a Law
21 Slides
Lesson 13
Presidential Timeline
25 Slides
Lesson 14
Government Branches
23 Slides
Lesson 15
Street Safety
18 Slides
Lesson 16
Longitude, Latitude, and Elevation
23 Slides
Lesson 17
Famous Geographic Features
21 Slides