Just a quick post today to give a shout-out to 5th graders for doing a fantastic job persisting. They have been working hard on skill-building in Code.org on variables. We are looking forward to the second half of the school year where we will be applying a variety of concepts in some final products.
Coding variables supports math concepts in finding patterns and utilizing changing values in their work. As students begin to work on algebra concepts this is a great introduction to understanding those concepts. It is also important that students collaborate with each other to solve difficult problems and understand the thinking process. We spent a good bit of time doing "I do, We do" activities to go along with this so students could hear what good thinking sounds like.