Coding in the Elementary Classroom

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Coding is an important skill for our students to learn; however, where does coding fit into the lessons that you are required to teach? Join us as we learn about coding concepts and how to integrate coding into your language arts, math, science and social studies lessons.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Computer science, Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

-The participant will understand simple coding concepts.
-The participant will learn how to integrate coding into language arts, math, science, and social studies lessons in their classroom.

Each coding concept will be presented with an activity to help participants develop a conceptual understanding of the coding concept. Examples of the coding concepts that will be presented are sequencing, loops, and conditionals. After participants understand the coding concepts, lessons examples will be shared about how to integrate the coding concept with reading, math, science, and social studies. We will also look at the importance of coding as well as the soft skills that coding teaches such as failing forward, persistence, and debugging.


This session will being with an intro to coding and sequencing. Participants will develop a conceptional understanding about coding through activities that integrate reading, math, science, and social studies. The first interactive activity is called Coding the Teacher where the students will code the presenter to read a book.

Next, participants will be introduced to loops and the unplugged lesson dance party. Participants will be introduced to how loops can relate to math concepts such as patterns and multiplication.

Third, participants will be introduced to conditionals by playing the game Conditionals with Cards. After the game, we will discuss how cause and effect activities in language arts as well as input/output tables in math relate to conditionals.

Throughout all of the sessions, participants will be able to ask questions and add their own ideas on how to integrate coding with lessons in language arts, math, science, and social studies.

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Alison Jalufka, Rancho Sienna Elementary

Alison Jalufka is a Learning Coach for a prekindergarten to 4th grade campus in Liberty Hill ISD in Texas. She previously taught first grade for 10 years. Her passion is to empower teachers to strive for high levels of learning for all students in their classroom. Learn more about Alison at

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