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Better Together: Librarians and Teachers Collaborate to Teach K-5 Coding

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, June 26, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: 126AB

Brenda Cain   Mike Grant   Louie Lauer   Amy Soma  
So many standards, so little time! Working together, librarians and teachers in our district found ways to help students achieve multiple content standards through coding instruction. Using offline instruction, interactive robots and coding curriculum, we turned abstract concepts, such as sequence, loops and conditional statements into real-life connections.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Kodable app or kodable.com
Wonder Workshop Blockly app (not required, but helpful)
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
  • Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to:
Connect coding concepts to other core content standards
Identify and practice offline methods for teaching coding concepts
Identify ways to include coding concepts into their K-5 classrooms


1. Introduction (10 minutes) 
a. Scope & Sequence
b. Time factor
c. Standards Alignment
2. Coding Lesson Examples (20 minutes)(Hands on, peer-to-peer interaction, & discussion)
a. Sequence-Cardinal Directions
b. Conditional Statements- If/Then Statements
c. Loops- Algorithms
d. How do these lessons connect to other topics you are already teaching?
3. Coding robots stations (20 minutes) (Device-based activities)
a. Sequence-Beebots
b. Conditional Statements-Ozobots
c. Loops- Dot & Dash
4. Closing (10 mins)
a. Assessment
i. 21st Century Skills
ii. Testable programs
b. Questions and ideas

Supporting research

Coding in the Curriculum: Fad or Foundational

“Pioneering Results in the Blueprint of U.S. K-12 Computer Science Education”



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Brenda Cain, Fargo Public Schools
Mike Grant, Jefferson Elementary School
Louie Lauer, Jefferson Elementary/Fargo Public School
Amy Soma, Fargo Public Schools District Office

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