Computational Thinking

Computational Thinking

Using computational thinking skills and processes to problem solve in science, math, and humanities.

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Average: 4.8 (5 votes)
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Number of Units
24
Subjects
Humanities
Math
Science
Grade Levels
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Duration (hours)
180
Overview
Computational Thinking is designed to introduce students to computational thinking skills and processes through discipline-specific projects. Each lesson integrates computational thinking skills (decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithm design) with design processes through problem-based projects. This resource empowers students to use computational thinking skills and practices to create computational artifacts in computer science, math, science and the humanities.
Standard Frameworks
Next Generation Science Standards
TEKS for Math, Science, and ELA
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
Cyber Connections
Computational Thinking
Decomposition
Pattern Recognition
Abstraction
Algorithm Design
Data Analysis
Section Title
What You'll Teach
Accordion Items
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Objects as Fractions
Content

Overview: Students will look at everyday objects and represent them as fractions.

Grades: 3

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Decomposed Fractions
Content

Overview: Students will be presented with images of decomposed fractions (both concrete and pictorial models) and will abstract the rules of decomposing and summing fractions.

Grades: 4

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Coordinate Planes
Content

Overview: Students will use computational thinking skills to explore coordinate planes and ordered pairs.

Grades: 5

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Plant and Animal Life Cycles
Content

Overview: In this module, students will investigate life cycles of animals and plants. Students will explore characteristics that contribute to the growth and development of a plant and animal and the stages from seed to flowering plant or egg/baby to adult.

Grades: 3

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Lemon Batteries: Conductors, Insulators, and Circuits
Content

Overview: In this module, students will investigate life cycles of animals and plants. Students will explore characteristics that contribute to the growth and development of a plant and animal and the stages from seed to flowering plant or egg/baby to adult.

Grades: 4

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Star Light, Star Bright: Series and Parallel Circuits
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Overview: Students will use computational thinking skills to explore series and parallel circuits.

Grades: 5

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Aesop's Fables
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Overview: Students will sequence and summarize a plot’s main events and explain their influence on future events.

Grades: 3

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Expository Writing
Content

Overview: Students will create a brief composition that include a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a conclusion.

Grades: 4

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Lyrical Poetry
Content

Overview: Students will explore how songwriters use the structure and elements of poetry to write song lyrics.

Grades: 5

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Network Speed: Data Collection
Content

Overview: This unit explores computational thinking in math by investigating engineering statistics. Students will analyze the network speeds in the school.

Grades: 6

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The Typical Shoe: Data Collection
Content

Overview: This unit explores computational thinking in math by investigating statistics. Students will analyze a typical shoe in the class.

Grades: 6

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Delivery Drones: Scale Factor
Content

Overview: Students will design a scale model of a delivery drone payload using computational thinking skills, the Engineering Design Process, and Grade 7 mathematics.

Grades: 7

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Paper Roller Coaster: Slope
Content

Overview: Students will experimentally determine the slopes needed for a marble to make it through various challenges in the coaster (i.e., loop and curves).

Grades: 8

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Mosquitoes: Interactions in Ecosystems
Content

Overview: Students will design, create, and test food web models to determine what impact, if any, removing mosquitoes will have.

Grades: 6

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Prairie Dogs: Interactions in Ecosystems (Abbreviated)
Content

Overview: Students will create a visual representation showing the levels of organization of the keystone species to determine what impact, if any, removing the species will have on the ecosystem.

Grades: 6

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Paper Airplane Challenge: Engineering Design
Content

Overview: Students will design, build, and test a paper airplane to see which one flies the farthest. Students will record data from their prototype test flights in a table and then provide detailed written instructions on how to fold the paper airplane.

Grades: 7

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Eastern Cottontail Rabbit: Energy Flow
Content

Overview: Students will design, create, and test energy transfer models to determine the impact of the rabbit on energy flow.

Grades: 7

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Fracking – Myth vs Fact: Earth and Human Activity
Content

Overview: Students will design, create, and test a model to determine what impact, if any, parts of the fracking process have on ground faults.

Grades: 8

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Star Classification: Space
Content

Overview: Students will analyze data to recognize patterns of star type given the absolute magnitude and surface temperature.

Grades: 8

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Social Network: Novel Analysis
Content

Overview: Using computational thinking, students will design and interpret the graph to identify key characters and their interactions in the story.

Grades: 6

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The Declaration of Independence: Word Choice
Content

Overview: Using computational thinking, students will design and interpret the graph to identify key characters and their interactions in the story.

Grades: 7

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The Star-Spangled Banner: Author’s Purpose
Content

Overview: Using computational thinking, students will understand the theme of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and will identify significant ideas through word choice.

Grades: 7

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Alternate History: Creative Writing
Content

Overview: Using computational thinking, students will select and research an event in history, map the high and low points of that event as though it were a story, identify one change to make in that event which would alter the story, then design and write the altered version as a short story or play.

Grades: 8

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A Fairytale Ending: Creative Writing
Content

Overview: Using computational thinking, students will select a classic fairytale and map the high and low points of the story, identify one change to make in the storyline that would alter the ending, then design and write the altered version as a short story or play.

Grades: 8

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High School Humanities
Content

Overview: This unit introduces students to computational thinking (CT) through humanities. Students will learn the four pillars of CT (decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithm design) and their supporting skills by playing cooperative games. Students will then begin to develop their CT skills by solving humanities-based problems of increasing complexity, using the design process as a framework to approach these problems. In this unit students will create a literary meme, compose a historic rap battle, draft a sonnet, write a graphic novel mystery, design an emergency preparedness game for children, and propose a solution to one of history’s mysteries.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

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