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Lesson Plans

Teachers from the current CS Principles pilot have provided exemplar lesson plans that highlight key parts of the Big Ideas and Learning Objectives. 

  • Cryptography: Students understand both simple and complex encryption algorithms using online simulators 
    • Big Ideas: Algorithms, Internet 
    • Learning Objectives: 14, 27
  • Data as Art, as Science, as a Reason for Being:  Can Visual representations of data be considered a form of art? If your school were to display data in a public place, what would you present?
    • Big Ideas: Creativity, Abstraction, Data, Impact
    • Learning Objectives: 2, 9, 14, 28
  • YouSort: An introduction to Sorting Algorithms. Before learning standard sorting algorithms, students create their own. 
    • Big Ideas: Algorithms, Creativity 
    • Learning Objectives: 4, 15, 16, 18
  • Test Case TemplateThis activity is done after the students have designed a large project using Scratch, facilitating the design of a test plan for the project.
    • Big Ideas: Data
    • Learning Objectives: 12,18,19
  • Impact of Computing: Group research project investigate the impact of computers in society 
    • Big Ideas: Impact
    • Learning Objectives: 28
  • Rainbow Logic: Group project to develop an algorithm on paper. (worksheet)
    • Big Ideas: Algorithms
    • Learning Objectives: 15, 17

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