Ms. Andrea Love Art and Gifted Educator
Our writing prompt today in TAG as we come into the classroom was: What is your favorite activity that you love to do or something that makes your happy? I love the diversity in their writing! We discussed our field trip that is coming up and that permission slips need to come in soon. Students were able to have their exploratory time for 15 mins before we went into our first activity.
We did an activity about Algorithms. Direct the Flurb (fuzzy ball) to collect his happy snack using arrows. Then we did an activity to control our buddy who is a robot. Directing the robot to move using only arrows is a sequencing action used in coding. Humans must program the robot or computer using sequencing and algorithms. We will do small activities to help us understand the world of sequencing, programming and algorithms.
We only did a couple of simulations on Everfi as they become much too advance for second grade and under. We will be starting on the journey of coding a story on CSFirst/Scratch. We will begin working on Kodable.com and CSFirst/Scratch in small chunks. Students will visit the world of frustration when it comes to Scratch and following the directions within CSFirst. This program will help students understand that listening, reading and following the directions is very important. Some students will want to learn through mistakes and that is fine as well, but to help with their frustration level, it is recommended to follow the simulations to help them learn how to design on Scratch.
Field trip for November 7th. I have received many permission slips and have five parents that have offered to chaperone thus far. I will need a total of 15 parents to attend for the entire group. I have an email coming out about the field trip very soon with information about our lunch time and the trip schedule.
Thanks so much!
Boonville Talented and Gifted Program