I’ve been using this blog and Pinterest to promote the importance of teaching programming to students for awhile now. One of the benefits that I see is how coding makes natural connections to Systems Thinking.
While these are definitely fun apps, they can also help our students to learn some valuable life lessons. I sat down this weekend to come up with some task cards that would help my students (K-5) relate Daisy the Dinosaur to some of the Systems Thinking tenets that we cover in class. Depending on the level of the student, these can be done as a class, independently, at a station, or in groups. I thought it might be fun to show them on the big screen, and use Socrative for some of their responses.
These are designed to be activities done after the students have had a chance to play Daisy the Dinosaur in “Challenge” mode, and some time to experiment with “Freeplay.” They do not have to have access to the iPad at the time they are doing the activities below, however.