6-8 Hour of Code Resources

Celebrate CSEd Week with an Hour of Code!

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What is Hour of Code?

Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries during Computer Science Education Week December 3 - 9, 2018.

What will YOU create?

Creativity is the theme for the 2018 Hour of Code!

Post to social media with this format:

Creativity is _______ What will you create? #HourOfCode #CS4Aldine #AISDHoC #Allin4Aldine


How do I host an Hour of Code?

Or, you can follow the steps outlined in the video below:


We picked out a few unplugged (or offline) and online activities we really like for PreK - 2 grade students and shared them below. You can also use MakeyMakeys, BeeBots, Dash and Dots, OzoBots, or Osmo if you already have them in your classroom or school.

You can find MANY more Hour of Code activities at https://hourofcode.com/us/learn.

Unplugged Activities

Online (Plugged) Activities

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Thanks to our friends at Google, 2nd–9th grade public school teachers who engage their students in the new CS First Hour of Code coding activity, An Unusual Discovery, can earn a $100 DonorsChoose.org gift code.

CS First has launched a new activity to celebrate the Hour of Code, a nationwide initiative from Code.org to introduce millions of students to computer science and computer programming, happening on December 3-9. (You can complete your Hour of Code activity anytime, though.)

The new activity, An Unusual Discovery, uses video-based lessons for students with digital lesson plans for teachers - no computer science background required!

Here’s how it works: Classroom rewards for Google’s CS First activity, Hour of Code

  1. Review the activity overview and teaching materials for An Unusual Discovery here.
  2. When you’re ready to teach the Hour of Code activity, send your students to g.co/csfirst/discovery to complete the activity. For the Spanish version, head to g.co/csfirst/descubrimiento. (Please note that the Spanish site won’t be live until November 15.)
  3. The activity takes 20-60 minutes to complete. It starts with an introduction video, and then your students will watch additional videos to learn basic coding principles. They’ll use these skills to tell their own stories about two characters discovering an interesting object.
  4. Help at least twenty students complete the activity to qualify for the classroom rewards.
  5. While your students are working, snap a photo that shows your whole class engaged in the activity, but that does not include identifiable student faces. We recommend taking a picture from the back of the class.
  6. When all your students are done, fill out this teacher feedback survey to let us know. As part of the form, you’ll be asked to upload your photo of the class doing the activity, so be sure to have that image handy.
  7. Once you’ve filled out the survey, the DonorsChoose.org team will email you a $100 gift code within 2 weeks, while funds last. We’ll update this page if we’re ever running low. For the best chance of receiving a gift code, complete the activity by December 31st, 2018.

Find a Local Computer Science Volunteer

Connect with local professionals to help students understand what coding and computer science jobs are like and get an extra pair of hands to help with your event. Code.org provides a list of volunteers that will join you face to face or remotely here(https://code.org/volunteer/local).
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Spread the Word Before, DURING CSEW and Celebrate AFTER your Hour of Code!

Use the hashtags #HourOfCode #CS4Aldine #AISDHOC #Allin4Aldine on social media to spread the word before your event and to celebrate afterwards!

Questions? Contact Us!

Hour of Code is a wonderful way to build excitement and provide students and educators opportunities to code! Please contact Shaina Glass if you're interested in incorporating Computer Science and coding into your classroom, school or learning community.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Shaina (snglass@aldineisd.org) or your campus' Digital Learning Specialist for more information.