We had a wonderful day learning about the new term, “conditionals.” There are many videos of the students engaged developing their own games using cards as most of you have viewed.
We started our day with the writing prompt: what was your favorite activity during Thanksgiving and another prompt of, “what do you think the word conditional means. Students were a little stumped on this word and they were asked to just make a guess and that we were going to talk about the new word.
We did a fun lesson after our prompt of IF we could be quiet for 30 seconds, then we could get 5 extra minutes of exploratory time. I watched the clock and they stared deeply at me and waited. We celebrated our 30 seconds and I discussed what we just did. This is a “conditional” using a conditional is a programming process of programming a robot, computer, games and/or apps to direct the process.
Students created their own conditionals as well. We took turns being the robot and the programmers. Students enjoyed creating their own conditional card game and/or other conditionals. Basically, create a rule that has a consequence and a award. Computer games are developed in this manner.
Students choose to work on the Kindness Kingdom game that I introduced them to last week as their Exploratory time as they earned an extra 5 minutes learning how to follow the conditional rule that Ms. Love introduced them with at the beginning of class. The conditional rule was:
IF (you can be quiet for 5 minutes)
award = 5 extra minutes of exploratory time
ELSE = no extra exploratory time.
Students were extremely engaged designing the "conditional" rules of a game
We worked on Kodable.com and ended our day journaling about
conditionals on Google
Have a great week!