Sun Terrace Technology Times

A monthly newsletter of tech tips, tricks and resources.

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It's SO exciting to see the kids utilize the THINK TANK! If you would like more time in the Tank just book me or Mandi to do something STEM-y (it's a word) with them in there =)

Computer Science

What we are working on in K-3

During October we will continue our adventure in Hello Ruby and will utilize more unplugged lessons to learn about loops (the action of doing something over and over again) and conditionals (a statement that only runs under certain conditions or situations).

Resources for you:

Dance Dance Cards

Data Structures Google Slides "Plugged" Lesson

Ruby Dress Code Conditional Statements (K)

Ruby Dress Code Conditional Statements (1-3)

Paper Dolls

The standards we are working on are:

  • CSTA 1A-AP-08: Model daily processes by creating and following algorithms to complete tasks.

  • CSTA 1A-AP-10: Develop programs with sequences and simple loops, to express ideas or address a problem.

All lessons and resources used can be found at K-2 Computer Science Curriculum.

What we are working on in 4-5

During October students will finish their first project in Scratch, add it to a class studio and learn how to give each other feedback. We will also be reviewing/introducing physical computing (building interactive physical systems by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world) through Makey Makey.

Resources for you:

Scratch Cards

Three Ways to Add a Project to a Scratch Studio

Peer Feedback Strategies: Two Stars and a Wish

What is Makey Makey?

The standards we are working on are:

  • CSTA 1B-AP-10: Create programs that include sequences, events, loops, and conditionals

  • CSTA 1B-IC-18: Discuss computing technologies that have changed the world, and express how those technologies influence, and are influenced by, cultural practices.

  • CSTA 1B-CS-02: Model how computer hardware and software work together as a system to accomplish tasks.

All lessons and resources can be found at 3-5 Computer Science Curriculum

Computer Science in your classroom.

I might give you some extension lesson or activity to do with your class the week after you meet with me but sometimes you may just have open computer science time. On the weeks your class does not meet with me in the Think Tank you can use the resources below to continue teaching computer science in your own classroom. The lessons are great and the unplugged lessons are FANTASTIC so check them out and book me if you would like an extra set of hands for the lessons.

For students new to computer science, each course begins with a grade-appropriate entry point and structured ramp-up of concepts. The progression of Courses A-F builds upon each other to ensure continuing students stay interested and learn new things. This allows you to use the same course at any grade level for all students, regardless of their experience. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive course, the Express Course combines the best of Courses A-F into a single condensed course (with a simpler option for pre-readers). You can download the curriculum guide for Courses A-F here.
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Teaching Computer Science Fundamentals is intended as an introduction to computer science fundamentals and the K-5 resources for teachers. Through reading, viewing videos, completing interactive puzzles and reflecting on your learning, you'll develop your own understanding while preparing to teach computer science in your classroom.

Learning Objectives
Through completing this online course, participants will:

  • Learn the basics of computer science
  • Review best practices for teaching these basics to your students
  • Access free curriculum and resources for teachers
  • Plan for how you might get started teaching Computer Science Basics
  • Connect with a community of fellow educators who are making positive change in their classrooms through coding

No previous experience with coding or computer science education is assumed. This is a beginner's course. To check it out click on the button below!

Computer Science Vocabulary Cards

Below you will find a link to the vocabulary cards we will use in Computer Science. Feel free to print out a copy for yourself!
Check out this padlet of helpful resources for getting started or for going deeper with using SeeSaw in your classroom. Please add any helpful resources you find as well!
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Tech Bytes

Novel HyperDocs

Novel HyperDocs are a great way to integrate technology with a literature unit. You can do this with your own class or perhaps your English Only group during ELD time. Check out this padlet with links to a ton of Novel HyperDocs for popular titles like Wonder, The Giver, Number the Stars, The Wild Robot, Hatchet, Chocolate Touch and more.

Don't see the one you're looking for? We can create one together for a book you are planning to read with your class!

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Halloween Fun with Gsuite!

Check out the links below for fun Halloween themed activities you can do with your kiddos on the chromebooks.

In Case You Missed It =)

Computer Science Rotation and Schedule

Computer science rotations alternate with yellow and blue weeks. You can download and print this schedule to keep in your room here. You will notice blocks of time for "tech time sign up" which are open slots you can book me for for any other tech related lesson (like Google stuff, SeeSaw, extra coding lessons, tech portion of Wonders =) you would like to do with your class either in the lab or in your classroom.
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Getting Started with SeeSaw

K-5 Computer Science Resources and Links

We will be using the SFUSD computer science scope and sequence and curriculum. All grades will follow the curriculum designed for level 1 this year and will progress accordingly in following years. Grade 3 will be following a modified version of both the K-2 and 3-5 grade lessons. These units and lessons are adapted from a variety of vetted computer science resources such as Scratch,, PLTW, Hello Ruby and more. Each lesson identifies the Computer Science Teachers Association Standards.

Thanks for reading! Hope you found the resources useful.

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Please feel free to contact me anytime.