Fourth Grade

Assignments for the week of April 13th - April 17th

Objectives

Students will…

  • Use code blocks to animate Actors with simple costume handling
  • Create simple animations

Materials

  • Computers (1 per student) with student account access to Tynker.com
  • Make sure to complete lesson #1 and #2 before you start lesson #3

Lesson 3: Animation

Time: 60+ mins

Let’s get animated! In this lesson, students will learn the basics of animation by switching through multiple costumes in a loop. Additionally, students will learn how to control the speed of animation by using delays.

Assignments for the week of April 6th - April 10th

Objectives

Students will…

  • Create an interactive scene with Actors, animation, and sounds

Materials

  • Computers (1 per student) with student account access to Tynker.com
  • Make sure to complete lesson #1 before you start lesson #2

Lesson 2: Tynker Workshop

Time: 60+ mins

In this lesson, students will use the Tynker Workshop to create their own programs! Additionally, students will learn to use Actors, costumes, and sounds to create an interactive scene.

Vocabulary

  • Infinite loop: A loop that repeats forever and does not end until the program stops
  • Stage: The background of the project where the Actors are placed
  • Animation: Changing costumes (pictures) of an Actor many times to give the illusion of movement

Assignments for the week of March 30th - April 3rd

Objectives

Students will…

  • Use code blocks to create a program
  • Apply sequencing of steps
  • Use loops for repetition
  • Use conditional statements and branching logic

Materials

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

Lesson 1: Introduction

Welcome to Programming 101, a course for beginner coders! In this lesson, students are introduced to coding by solving fun puzzles. By the end of this lesson, students will have used coding concepts such as simple commands, loops, conditional loops, and conditionals to help a friendly monster collect candy!

Vocabulary

  • Coding: Using a computer language to tell the computer what to do
  • Sequence: The order in which steps or events happen
  • Actors: Tynker characters and objects that can talk and interact with each other
  • Command: A specific action or instruction that tells the computer to do something
  • Loop: An action that repeats one or more commands over and over
  • Counting loop: A loop that repeats one or more commands a specific number of times
  • Condition: A logical expression that evaluates to true or false
  • Conditional statement: A type of statement that executes different parts of the code based on whether a logical expression evaluates to true or false.

We are ready to sign into this amazing software!

  1. Go to tynker.com OR follow the link from the Google Classroom
  2. On the top right corner find Sign In button and click on it
  3. Choose Student as your role
  4. Sign in with Google using your school Google Account.
  5. From the menu choose Technology 4th Grade with your teacher.
  6. Your assignment - Programming 101. This week you need to complete the very first lesson - Welcome to Tynker. No need to complete lesson #2 unless you would like to :)


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Extra Resources for Students during school closures

Lightbox and eLearning Tools

Lightbox™ offers over 1000 PreK-12 titles in science, social studies, language arts, math and more. AV2 World Languages features high-interest titles in 10 different languages with full audio support.

Parents and students will find these resources interactive, easy to use and a great way for students to independently explore a new topic.

Adventure Academy

A massively multiplayer online game (MMO) for elementary and middle school age students, Adventure Academy brings learning to life as it builds critical knowledge of essential curriculum topics in language arts, math, science, and social studies. In this immersive virtual world, young learners explore hundreds of high-priority topics that are essential for success in school. Reading comprehension, mathematical operations, world geography, scientific inquiry, and more become an adventure!

Free access for 30 days.

ReadingIQ

An advanced digital library for children 12 and under, ReadingIQ gives families and teachers access to thousands of high-quality books, all curated by experts to advance literacy. This digital library provides the very best of children’s literature, including Caldecott and Newbery award winners, National Geographic Kids books, more than 1,000 exclusive titles, and thousands of additional high-quality and high-interest fiction and nonfiction books from leading publishers.

Free access for 30 days.

MindSpark

Adaptive online tutoring system that helps students practice and learn mathematics.

Parents need to know that 2nd Grade Splash Math Education Learning Workbook lets kids practice second-grade level Common Core math skills in an entertaining way. You can choose skills and difficulty levels from categories including place value, count and compare, advanced addition, data and graphs, and more.

Parents can sign up for a free account that would allow progress tracking.

Education.com

Second grade will be a snap with our selection of interactive second grade games! Whether you want to reinforce your child's skills or build new ones, these second grade games give your child a learning experience that's both entertaining and challenging. Add and subtract, build complete sentences, master the computer keyboard, and much more!

NetSmartz Kids

Resources such as movies, games, and songs can be used both at home and in the classroom. Watch as your child has fun while learning to be safe and responsible on and offline with Webster, Nettie, Clicky, Gig, Router, and the WizzyWigs (the bad guys online)!

Interland - Be Internet Awesome

Interland is an online adventure that teaches the key lessons of internet safety through four fun, challenging games. Play your way to being an Internet Legend.

Scratch

Scratch is a block-based visual programming language and website targeted primarily at children. Users of the site can create online projects using a block-like interface. The service is developed by the MIT Media Lab, has been translated into 70+ languages, and is used in most parts of the world.

Mystery Science

Mystery Science combed through its past lessons and pulled the ones that were easiest to reproduce at home. Activities range from five-minute mini-lessons (including one called "How Does Hand Sanitizer Kill Germs," which seems appropriate right now), to full, 45- to 90-minute classes with hands-on experiments.

For remote teaching and learning, Crayola offers thousands of art-infused lesson plans that can be easily adapted for virtual experiences.

Typing Club

TypingClub's lesson plan contains over 600 lessons, guiding students from individual keys through numbers and punctuation, and all the way to a goal of 75 WPM.

The carefully designed lessons include instructional videos, educational games, cross-curricular content, and other interactive experiences.

Outschool

Outschool offers live, online classes for ages 3 to 13, and, for a limited time due to a big donation, it's signing up families affected by school closures into $300,000 worth of online classes (limit $200 per family). And if you're not one of the lucky ones, the lessons are still very affordable — some are as low as $5 per class.

GoNoodle

When it's time for them to get up and move around, this always-free app has videos that kids can follow along with for a little dance break. They're also coming up with daily activities for parents to use at home.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Similarly, the Cosmic Kids yoga videos are good for a few minutes peace and quiet so you can work — we mean, a nice stretch and mindfulness break in the middle of all the academic learning. The app requires a subscription, but you can watch the videos on YouTube.

America's Test Kitchen Kids is making all of its recipes, activities, and experiments free.

Parent Tips

We've rounded up a few ideas for how to enact self-care for the whole family—with the help of media and tech, and sometimes without it. Read the article here.

Learning with technology, whether with a math app, a video how-to, or a wiki, opens up a new world of discovery for kids. And as they access information in novel ways, kids are preparing for life in a new interconnected, global world. Learn how to spot the good stuff, find the right products for your kids' needs, and foster a love of learning.

Reading Common Sense Media reviews of YouTube channels is a good way to get a sense of their age-appropriateness and quality. And digging into the videos themselves -- watching with your kids or on your own -- is wise. You never know what's going to come up on a particular channel, since all the content is user-generated.

Read full article here.

If you're wondering which parental controls to install on your desktop, laptop, or tablet, the answer might be right at your fingertips -- literally! The top three internet browsers -- Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari -- each offer settings and add-ons to help make your kid's online experience more age-appropriate. With a few tweaks, you can block sites, filter search results, and even create a white list of sites that are OK for your kid...

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If you're considering a smartphone for your kid, you'll need to think through a few things, from who will pay for it to whether he/she is responsible enough to use it appropriately.

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