It’s Hour of Code week and Computer Science Education Week. That means we are coding in my library. Today third graders did an analog cup stacking coding activity and my fourth graders are in the midst of a Scratch coding challenge to develop an educational game for their kindergarten learning buddies. To add to the fun, I’ve rounded up a few great read-alouds to share with kids this week.
Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen: Design challenges start with a problem, and Randy Riley has a big one. A fireball is headed toward earth, and Randy needs to stop it. He builds a robot to swat the fireball back into outer space. Talk to kids about how else they could program a robot to save the earth.
Oh No! Or How my Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat: Our heroine enters a science fair with an amazing robot, but before she knows it, the robot goes out of control. Every coder needs to learn how to debug their codes. Use this book to talk about identifying problems in the codes.
Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell: Rabbit invites Robot over for a sleepover and has the whole night planned. Robot does everything Rabbit asks — literally. A fun lesson on the importance of using clear language in coding — as well as the importance of being a good friend.
Any other favorites for coding and computer science week?