Task 7

Option 2: Describe a classroom activity that incorporates a visual programming environment (it can be any included in this module or another environment that you come across).

Pattern recognition for earlier year students is a cornerstone of computational thinking. This can be done as a lesson by analysing similar objects and identifying commonalities. Students might begin by investigating trees around their schools or even homes. What do all the trees have in common, trunks, roots, branches? While there are many differences, these components are present in all trees. Next the student can create a collage of trees. Then talk about how each common components differ from one another. Are the trunks skinny, short or tall, are they brown or white. To extend their thinking, ask the students to then draw pictures of the trees labelling it.

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