Computer Science Week just might be my favorite time of year in the computer lab. It certainly helps December go more smoothly because students are very engaged by the Hour of Code activities we complete.
We all know there are a ton of great free resources out there for Hour of Code (and we are so grateful for them!). Sometimes all of that choice can feel a bit overwhelming. This year I decided to put together a kit that will hopefully bring everything together for us.
The kit includes:
•Pre and Post Assessments
•Encouraging Quotes Posters
•Links to HoC Resources (editable choice boards)
•Letter to Parents (editable)
•Bulletin Board Letters
The goal of this kit is to provide everything you need to make your classroom ready for the Hour of Code event during computer science week. I know most of us that teach technology have a week long or even month long event in order to complete the Hour of Code with all of our classes of students. Plus, there are so many free activities available that we can keep it going for weeks!
Completing the Hour of Code with grades K-5+ means that we will be covering a lot of vocabulary. I put posters together with the terms from the code.org glossary. I specifically matched the colors of this whole kit to the Technology Themed Decor Classroom Bundle
so that it would fit seamlessly with your current decor.
There are 60 terms included plus a blank in each color so that you can make more of your own if needed.
Pre and Post Assessments
Grading coding is not something I advocate, but I understand that a lot of schools require student progress tracking. This kit includes 3 levels of assessments that can be used before and after the Hour of Code. Choose the level that most closely matches your students’ abilities. If you’re not sure, level 1 could be used for grades K-1, level 2 for grades 2-3, and level 3 for grades 4-5+.
I always recommend reading tests aloud in the computer lab. This takes out most of the need for accommodations for individual students, plus it allows you to set the pace.
Encouraging Quotes Posters
One of my favorite parts about participating in the Hour of Code is that it encourages students to develop a growth mindset. Coding is hard and requires perseverance! These 5 posters are some of my favorite quotes about coding and computer science.
Links to Hour of Code Resources
While there are a TON of HoC activities out there, I picked a selection of them and turned them into digital choice boards. Feel free to use whatever you find, but if you know you have students who are overwhelmed by choice, maybe have them start out with this selection.
There are 2 choice boards provided. The first one has activities appropriate for non-readers and the second has activities for grades 2 and up. The non-reader option also has a printable QR code version to make it a bit easier to get students to the websites.
Letter to Parents
You can use this letter to parents to share information at the community level about Computer Science Week and the Hour of Code. The file is provided in PowerPoint so you can edit the text to meet your needs. You could even turn it into something you share with other teachers at your school to help them understand what you’re doing.
Bulletin Board Header Letters
If you have time to set up a bulletin board for the Hour of Code, I’d love to see it! Tag me on social media or email a picture to me. This kit includes letters for your bulletin board in PDF and SVG format (so you can use a cutting machine if you have one). Print on color paper to make it pop!
So there you have it. Everything you need to complete the Hour of Code with your students this year.
Want it for your classroom?