June 14th-June 24th
Introduction to Scratch
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
Today you will learn some of the basics of Scratch and have some time to explore the program.
Click the link below to go to Scratch:
LT: I can write a simple program using the move, repeat, and play sound blocks.
May 18th-June 13th
The word has spread around town about your coffee shop business. Some local investors are interested in expanding the size and location of your coffee shop. They would like to see some charts detailing your success throughout the time you have been open.
You will start today by analyzing the results that you have saved in Excel. First you will need to find some averages.
Create a new line on your spreadsheet and find the average for the following:
Price Per Cup
You will then need to create a few graphs. Create the following graphs, each as a new sheet:
1. Column Graph with Temperature/Cups Sold
2. Bar Graph with Price Per Cup
3. Line Graph with your Reputation
4. Line Graph with your Cash
Be sure to title and label each graph.
LT: I know how to use the function tool to find the average in Excel. I am also able to create a graph in excel.
Try this when you are done:
This Is Sand
May 2nd-May 17th
Today you will open your own coffee shop and work to make your business as successful as it can be. Before you can begin, you will need a way to record your sales for each day.
I will send you an excel file. Be sure to save it to your "My Documents" folder before you do anything else.
Then click the link below and start selling. Be sure to record your data for each day you sell coffee.
LT: I understand Excel is used as a way to collect, organize and analyze data. I also kept my coffee shop running for at least 3 days without going bankrupt.
April 11th-April 22nd
Now that you know how to make your robot move forward and turn in different directions, your next challenge is to learn how to control the robot's arm. You will begin by exploring the robot educator again and selecting the "Move Object" unit. Once you understand the basics of controlling the arm, I will give you a new challenge to try out.
Again, think about the steps involved before actually writing the program for the robot.
LT: I am able to control the arm of the robot using the medium motor block.
April 4th-April 8th
Robot Baseball Challenge #2
Once you have your robot running the bases, your next challenge is to get the robot to run from 1st to 2nd base. But before it gets to second, it has to turn around and run back to first base to avoid being tagged out.
Plan out the steps involved before programming.
LT: I am able to make my robot turn 180 degrees in place.
March 22nd-April 1st
Robot Baseball Challenge #1
Your robot is a baseball player and you are the coach. See if you can get your robot to run the bases of a baseball diamond. As you work on this challenge, think about the steps your robot will need to complete in order to be successful. The steps are outlined below.
Step 1: Move forward
Step 2: Turn left 90 degrees
Step 3: Move forward
Step 4: Turn left 90 degrees
Step 5: Move forward
Step 6: Turn left 90 degrees
Step 7: Move forward
LT: I am able to program my robot to move a certain distance in a straight line as well as make a 90 degree left turn.
Mar. 10th-Mar. 21st
Our next goal is to get our robots to be able to turn. Again, open up the EV3 software and click on Robot Educator. Select "Curved Move" and follow the steps. Once you are able to get your robot to make a curved move, your challenge is to make the robot move in a perfect square. You will need to combine the skills you learned last week with the curved move from this week to make this happen.
LT: I am able to make my robot move in a curved direction.
Feb. 9th-Mar. 9th
Introduction to EV3 Lego Robotics-Straight Move
Today we will begin exploring the world of robotics. We will start by learning about the software that will be used to control the robot. We will try using both the desktops and the iPads to control our robots.
Begin by going to the EV3 Lego Robotics software. Click on Robot Educator at the bottom and then select "Straight Move." Follow the directions and create your first program. When you are done, get a robot from the table and download your program and see what you have accomplished.
LT: I can explain how to configure blocks in the EV3 programming software to get my robot to move forward and backward.
Feb. 1st-Feb. 8th
The last concept we will work with this year will be nested loops. A nested loop is a looped statement inside another loop. You will work on stage 19 to help understand the way this concept is applied in computer science.
LT: I understand where and why I would use a nested loop in the programs I write.
Jan. 13th-Jan. 29th
Conditionals are statements that only run under certain conditions. Sometimes, we want to have an extra condition, in case the "IF" statement is not true. This extra condition is called an "ELSE" statement.
After we look at some examples, you will work on Stage 13. This will be the last concept of computer programming that we will be exploring this year. If you are finished through stage 13, you can jump to stages 16 and/or 17 and see what you can create in those stages.
LT: I can explain the concept of a conditional and use them in the programs I write.
Dec. 14th-Jan. 7th
Today we are going to be continuing our work with writing code. The next concept we will be exploring is debugging. When we find and fix problems within our algorithms or programs it is known as debugging. In stages 10-11, instead of writing a program, you will be looking at existing programs and looking for the errors in them.
Click this link to log in to your account.
LT: I am able to look at a program and find the problems within it. I am also familiar with the term "debugging."
Oct. 28th-Dec. 11th
Tech Term Bingo
Today we will begin learning how to create tables in Microsoft Word.
Begin by opening up a new Word document.
Put your name and date in the header. Be sure to use the tab key to move to the right for the date.
Create a table, see the steps below:
- Make it 5 columns and 4 rows
- Type B in the first column
- Press Tab and type I
- Press Tab and type N
- Press Tab and type G
- Press Tab and type O
- Use the shading tool to shade only the boxes that contain letters.
- Save this file as “Tech Bingo.”
Then copy the words in the side box. Copy and paste one word in each box of your table. Now find a definition for the words your are assigned from the links below. Be sure to give credit to the sources you use.
Tech Term Dictionary
LT: I can explain the steps involved in creating a table in Microsoft Word. I can also use the keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste.
Sept. 22nd-Oct. 27th
Who Am I?
Today we will use the Internet for research to find some cool "Who Am I" facts. We will also begin to look at the new version of Word.
First, open a new Word document. Use Wordart to title it "WHO AM I?" Then use the following websites to find the information for each of the questions asked.
Record your information in your Word document.
Then make the following format changes in Word:
- Add a border
- Change the font size, color and type
- Put your name and date in the header
- Add several images
- Spell Check
Make sure to save everything and print a copy!!
LT: I am able to add a border, change font size, type and color in Word. I can also explain the purpose of using the Header/Footer section in a Word document.
Sept. 10th-Sept. 21st
Review of Internet Safety
We are going to start the year off with a review of some of the Internet safety rules we need to follow that will keep us safe when we are surfing the World Wide Web.
Let's begin with a BrainPop movie all about Internet Safety.
When we are done, click the link below and take the online quiz.
Print your results, but do not get them from the printer. I will collect them all.
After you have printed your results, you can go to any of the websites on the side.
LT: I can list 5 different ways to stay safe while surfing the web.
Online Safety Game
Internet Safety Quiz
Sept. 1st-Sept. 9th
As it is our first day back to the computer lab, we will begin with a review of the rules we need to follow.
We will then log in and get organized for the year.
Use the link on the side when you are finished.
LT: I know the rules and expectations in the computer lab. I also have all of my files organized in folders.
Go here when
you are done: