UNPLUGGED LESSONS – Code.org Summary

  1. Happy Mats – Create simple algorithms (sets of instructions) to move a character through a maze using a single command.
  2. Move IT, Move IT – Instruct classmates to move through a maze.
  3. Real-Life Algorithms – Plant a Seed – Ways use algorithms in daily lives, planting a seed. Additional Lesson: Fold-a-Book.
  4. Building a Foundation– Build a marshmallow structure to build perseverance. – Marshmallow Tower Handout – Future Research -> Materials Science
  5. Getting Loopy – Programming concept of loops through dance choreography. Additional Video: Dancing with the Bees.
  6. The Big Event – Programming concept of events, actions a computer monitors for.
  7. Graph Paper Programming or “Be a Robot” Game” – Write an algorithm using a set of predefined commands to reproduce a drawing.
  8. Real Life Algorithm: Paper Planes or Fold-a-book. Discuss ways use algorithms in our daily lives.
  9. Relay Programming Run relay race writing one instruction at a time to program image. If error, have to erase everything back to the error.
  10. Conditionals – Create the rules to play a card game. Could also make a dice game.
  11. Binary Bracelets – Create bracelets from paper template that is representation of first letter of their name.
  12. Computational Thinking – Use steps of CT (Decompose, Pattern Match, Abstract, Algorithm) to figure out how to play a game that comes with no instructions.
  13. Functional Sun-catchers – Create an algorithm with functions (pieces of code that you want to use over and over again) to create sun-catchers using string and beads.
  14. Songwriting with Parameters – Use concept of the chorus in a song to learn about functions.
  15. Real Life Algorithms – Dice Race – Identify and write down the algorithm for a dice race game.
  16. Internet – Send messages representing Internet transmission methods using paper.
  17. Crowdsourcing – Use a problem-solving technique common in computer science to complete a task as a classroom, which is more efficient than doing it alone.

FREE PLAY – Find a friend to code with.







  • Draw something fun – Save to your Code Studio portfolio. Make a screen capture and add to your blog site.




  • Bee-Bot: Happy Mats Lesson 1
  • Compass: Move It, Move It Lesson 2
  • Paper: Real Life Algorithms: Fold-a-Book and Paper Planes Lesson 8
  • Cards and Dice: Conditionals Lesson 10 – + Tenzi Entrepreneurship + Resources
  • Binary Sand Timer: Binary Bracelets Lesson 11
  • Code Jar Guessing Game: Crowd Sourcing Lesson 17



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