Computer Science Strand



Coding and Scratch
Heather Jackson, (Wayne Central)

Standards addressed: CT.1
Grade(s): K-2
Subject(s): Computer Science

This lesson was on the use of patterns in coding. I focused on the AB, ABC, AAB pattern with the lesson being scaffolded between grade levels. Each grade did a hands-on activity creating patterns and learning about debugging when the pattern was wrong.

Incorporating Language Skills & Algorithms
Cathy White, Wayne Central School (primary))

Standards addressed: K-1.CT.6, K-1.CT.10, K-1.DL.2
Grade(s): K-4
Subject(s): Speech-Language Skills

Learn how to work on social skills, YES/NO questions as well as categorization using a simple coding activity.




Coding and Scratch
Karen Haak, 3rd grade (North Rose-Wolcott)

Standards addressed: 2-3.DL.2, 2-3.DL.3, 2-3.DL.4
Grade(s): 3
Subject(s): ELA

This lesson explored the genre of Expository Nonfiction. The groups learned how to use technology to research, write, and revise animal reports. They used Flip to present their reports.

Incorporating Language Skills & Algorithms
Michele Linse, (Victor Primary)

Standards addressed: 2-3.CT.4
Grade(s): K-6
Subject(s): Coding/Math

Michele took several actions from this class: trying an unplugged coding lesson, re-working a 5 day science unit on coding for her faculty, adding several engineering activities, and designing and testing a new SEL coding lesson.


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Keyboarding without Tears
Lexie Brown, (Waterloo CSD)

Standards addressed: 2-3.DL.1, 4-6.DL.1
Grade(s): 3-5
Subject(s): SPED (15:1:1)

This lesson focused on typing and gaining the skill of logging into their computer.


Coding with ELL’s
Maggie Elliot, (Victor Intermediate School)

Standards addressed: 4-6.CT.4, 4-6.CT.5
Grade(s): 4-6
Subject(s): Coding

This was a coding exploration for our ELL learners in grades 4-6. A collaboration with their ENL teacher helped to set up some pull-out lessons to introduce coding to students. We used to create a course for the kids to work on at their own pace.



Exploring French Explorers with Scratch
Sarah Basta, (Victor Intermediate School)

Standards addressed: 4-6.DL.4
Grade(s): 5
Subject(s): Social Studies

As a summative project for our “New France” unit, students created Scratch videos from the first person perspective of a French Explorer in the 1600’s. They needed to include six details from the life of the explorer and uploaded a relevant background and photograph for their sprite.

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Scratch Programming Introduction
Lynn Coleates, (Canandaigua Elementary School)

Standards addressed: CT.1, CT.7, CT.8, CT.9
Grade(s): 4-6
Subject(s): Computer Science

Three lesson introduction to Scratch programming. Students create Scratch programs that utilize:

  • 2 or more Sprites
  • Sprite motion
  • Sound
  • Background changes



Book Creator to Support Students’ Technology Use & Care
Tracy Nally, (Victor Intermediate School)

Standards addressed: CT.10, NSD.3, DL.4
Grade(s): 4-5
Subject(s): ELA

Students brainstormed issues with basic care and troubleshooting of chromebooks. Then, they each made two pages in the app BookCreator on their care topic of choice. Once the book was put together, it will be used for new entrants to our building, teachers that need a review of tech care, and my class next year.

Finished Book

Coding Unplugged
Tammi Murtha, (North Rose Wolcott Middle School)

Standards addressed: 4-6, CT.4, CT.6, CT.7
Grade(s): 5-6
Subject(s): Media Skills

Student and I worked together during an after-school activity period to code with both offline (unplugged) & online activities. We have spent most of our time working with the Sphero BOLTS, first learning how to link them to our devices (Chromebooks) & how to operate them in Drive mode. We are learning to use the Draw and Block code options as well.



Being a Super Digital Citizen
Joan Lambert, (Canandaigua Elementary)

Standards addressed: 4-6.CY.1, 4-6.CY.2, 4-6.DL.6, 4-6.DL.7
Grade(s): 4
Subject(s): ELA

Students create a comic strip illustrating an online situation that is inappropriate or makes them uncomfortable. Using what they learned about being a Super Digital Citizen, they show how the problem was resolved.

Internet Searches
Emily Rookey, (Waterloo Elementary)

Standards addressed: 4-6.DL.3
Grade(s): 5
Subject(s): LMS

Taught students about safe internet searches.



Flipgrid to Increase Student Voice during Parent-Teacher Conferences
Dawn McIntyre, (North Rose-Wolcott Elementary)

Standards addressed: 4-6.DL.2
Grade(s): 4
Subject(s): General Elementary

This lesson had students using Flip to share their goals and other information with their parents for conferences.

Middle School/6-8

Coding Sphero’s
Dan Marshall - Technology Integrator, (Penn Yan CSD)

Standards addressed: DL.5, CT.5, NSD.3, CT.9
Grade(s): k-12
Subject(s): Computer Science

Computer Programming, students started with block coding and moved to text coding with Spheros.



Coding, Algorithms, Offline and Online
Julie King, (WFL-BOCES NEC)

Standards addressed: CT.6
Grade(s): Special Education (6-8)
Subject(s): Computer Science

The students were exposed to both offline and online coding activities. We began our lesson by having the students try to direct me out of the classroom door by using verbal directions. We discussed how directions can be very important, especially when creating computer programs and video games. The students were then given some different grids and they needed to get an object from one side to the other using directional arrows. The final task was to create their own algorithm for their partner to use to create a picture. If their algorithm was correct, then their pictures will match.

Algorithms and Coding
Amanda Johnson - Library Media Specialist, (North Rose - Wolcott)

Standards addressed: 7-8.CT.6, 7-8.CT.10
Grade(s): 8-10
Subject(s): Media Skills

This was a beginner’s look at sequences, Algorithms, and Coding. We did a variety of unplugged coding and digital coding activities to teach the students Computer Science Standards, Social and Emotional skills, as well as problem solving.



Digital Graphic Novel with Book Creator
Eleanor Brooks, (Waterloo)

Standards addressed: 4-6.DL.4, 4-6.CT.4, 2-3.CT.10
Grade(s): 6
Subject(s): ELA

After learning about different story elements throughout a novel study, my students used Book Creator to create a digital graphic novel. My students had to include the following story elements: characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution, the rest of the design was completely up to them.

Online Job Searches
Jennifer Judge, (North Rose-Wolcott)

Standards addressed: CT.1, CT.2, CT.3, DL.1, DL.4
Grade(s): 9-12
Subject(s): Business

I had my students (after finding a career they were interested in) find an “ideal” living accommodation and complete a budget. Many students found their “ideal” housing was too expensive so they had to find more cost-effective housing. We used the Department of Labor’s, Zillow (or similar), cost of living, and bank websites. The students also used PowerPoint and Excel.



Understanding Nutrition through Microsoft Office
Mark Hackett, (Waterloo Middle School)

Standards addressed: 7-8 I.C.6, 7-8 D.L.2, 7-8 D.L.4, 7-8 D.L.5
Grade(s): 7
Subject(s): Health

Students took data from a nutrition survey completed by their peers and created real-world solutions and recommendations. Excel was used to organize data and create graphs, PowerPoint was used to create a presentation of these graphs and data, and Word was used to organize all of these thoughts into an opportunity for critical thinking.

Decomposing in How to Books
Dylan Chirgwin, (Newark Education Center)

Standards addressed: 4.6 CT4
Grade(s): 6-8
Subject(s): ELA

Students were tasked with creating a “How to” book using decomposition skills. The objective was for the students to pick a daily task and break it down into the simplest steps possible. From there, they created “How to” books where they wrote and drew out their steps.