Task 6 – Option 2: Design an activity that explores sequences of instructions. In the early years, this could be an activity that encourages children to develop skills in putting things into a logical sequence.
Year Level: Pre-primary
The activity is to make cupcakes to celebrate Father’s Day. The activity provides children a chance to develop skills in putting things into a logical sequence. The aim of this activity for children is to follow the step by step instructions and make cupcakes. The teacher will discuss with children about what ingredients are needed to make yummy cupcakes and the steps to make cupcakes. A class cupcake recipe will be written on the whiteboard. The teacher will draw each step of making cupcakes to provide an outline when he/she is discussing with children. Then, children will need to draw the process of making cupcakes on SeeSaw by working in pairs. When all groups have got approved from the teacher on SeeSaw, they start making cupcakes by following their own drawings.
- Design and Technologies: Generate and record design ideas through describing, drawing, modelling and/or a sequence of written or spoken steps (WATPPS02)
- Digital technologies: Data can have patterns and can be represented as pictures and symbols (ACTDIK002)
- Know how to read and write some high-frequency words and other familiar words (ACELA1817)
- Write consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words by representing some sounds with the appropriate letters, and blend sounds associated with letters when reading CVC words(ACELA1820)
Differentiation and Extension
Children who have done lots of baking with their parents or good at using SeeSaw may finish the activity earlier. They are encouraged to use SeeSaw to record their cupcakes to explain the process of making cupcakes. They can reflect what they have done well in the cooking process and what things need to be changed next time to make it better. Children who are struggling of using SeeSaw can draw their processes of making cupcakes on a piece of paper and then take a photo through iPad’s camera and then upload it into SeeSaw. They can take a video to further explain their ideas.
This lesson can be integrated with Pre-primary English curriculum (ACELA1820 and ACELA1817). After making the cupcakes, each child can write a story map to recall his/her experience of making yummy cupcakes on paper. All children encouraged to spell the words through using their letter and sound knowledge. Weaker children can record their voice to explain their process.
The activity needs a lot of scaffoldings as each child needs to understand the steps well before and during the process of making cupcakes. The activity will not finish in one lesson and needs to be extended at least 3 lessons. “I do, you do, we do” strategy will be used to show children how to draw the process on Seesaw. Teacher, EA and parent helpers will walk around to help children during the activity.