Task 7: Visual Programming Option 2

This activity involves children counting, repeating rhymes, responding to rhymes and programming the Bee-Bot. Children will have the opportunity to solve a problem using computational thinking and creating an algorithm. You will need a long strip of yellow paper (90cm), marked every 15cm, Bee Bot (customised to look like a spider say with pipe cleaner legs), picture of a sun and a picture of a rain cloud.

Place the yellow strip on the floor. This is a water pipe. Remind students of the rhyme Incy Wincey Spider. Place Spider Bee-Bot at the bottom of the pipe. Sing the first part of the rhyme with the children. “Incy Wincey Spider climbed up the water spout”. Let the children make Incy climb the spout.

When they get to the top, place the the rain cloud there and sing the next part of the rhyme “Down came the rain and washed the spider out”. Let the children move Incy back down. Then swap the sun for the rain, and Incy can climb up again! The group can sing the last part of the song “Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain, and Incy Wincey Spider climbed the spout again”.

How can they make Incy move up? Are they going to turn Incy at the top or is he going to move backwards? Can the children make Incy move up the water spout in one go?

Children can move into small groups (with duplicated resources of pipe, cloud and sun pictures) and figure out how to solve the problem.

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