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67 K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions–by Grade Level

Posted by on November 18, 2014

Here are ideas of apps and websites that teachers in my PLN used successfully in the past during Hour of Code:

hour of codeKindergarten

Start kindergartners with problem solving. If they love Legos, they’ll love coding

  1. BotLogic–great for Kindergarten and youngers
  2. Code–learn to code, for students
  3. Daisy the Dinosaur—intro to programming via iPad
  4. How to train your robot–a lesson plan from Dr. Techniko
  5. Kodable--great for youngers–learn to code before you can read
  6. Move the Turtle–programming via iPad for middle schoolhour of code
  7. Primo–a wooden game, for ages 4-7
  8. Program a human robot (unplugged)
  9. Scratch Jr.

1st Grade

  1. Code–learn to code, for students
  2. Espresso Coding–for youngers
  3. Hopscotch–programming on the iPad
  4. Primo–a wooden game, for ages 4-7
  5. Scratch Jr.
  6. Tynker

2nd Gradehour of code

  1. Code–learn to code, for students
  2. Espresso Coding–for youngers
  3. Google Spreadsheets–decode and fill in color coded pictures (like the popular gingerbread house, penguinpicture, or shapes and pictures)
  4. Hopscotch–programming on the iPad
  5. Tynker

3rd Gradevector of a robot

  1. Blockly
  2. Build with Chrome–kind of like Minecraft, more like Google Earth Warehouse; use virtual Lego blocks to build in your browser
  3. Minecraft

4th Grade

  1. Build with Chrome–kind of like Minecraft, more like Google Earth Warehouse; use virtual Lego blocks to build in your browser
  2. Khan Academy Computer Science
  3. Minecrafthour of code
  4. Robotics
  5. Scratch
  6. Snap!—runs in your browser

5th Grade

  1. Build with Chrome–kind of like Minecraft, more like Google Earth Warehouse; use virtual Lego blocks to build in your browser
  2. Google Spreadsheets–code the spreadsheet with color that will reveal a secret picture
  3. Khan Academy Computer Sciencevector art robot man
  4. Lego Digital Designer
  5. Minecraft
  6. Robotics
  7. Scratch
  8. Snap!—runs in your browser
  9. Tinkercad–3D modeling–fee–perfect for 3D printing
  10. Windows Property menu–create a shortkey for any Windows tool through properties. Here’s a how-to for one example
  11. Wolfram Alpha widgets

Middle Schoolprogramming

  1. Alice
  2. Auto Hotkey–free–simple shortkey programming for students; requires download
  3. Build with Chrome–kind of like Minecraft, more like Google Earth Warehouse; use virtual Lego blocks to build in your browser
  4. Code Avengers
  5. Code Monster
  6. Gamestar Mechanic–design video games
  7. Hakitzu–learning through games
  8. Khan Academy Computer Science
  9. Lego Digital Designer
  10. Looking Glass—animated story–offshoot of Alice
  11. Minecraft
  12. Notepad–coding using the Windows Notepad
  13. Python
  14. Robotics–using NXT and Lego Mindstorm
  15. Scratch–here’s a Scratch tutorial for Hour of Code. Find the facilitator’s guide here and the self-guided tutorial here.
  16. Snap!—runs in your browser
  17. Tinkercad–3D modeling–fee–perfect for 3D printing
  18. Windows Property menu–create a shortkey for any Windows tool through properties. Here’s a how-to.
  19. Wolfram Alpha widgets

Here are general ideas. See what fits best for your grade levels:

  1. Activate!—create gameshour of code
  2. American Computer Science League–competitions for junior and senior high
  3. Chrome Experiments–geeky experimentation with programming
  4. Google Computer Science for High School–free workshops (with application) for K-12 teachers
  5. I like programming video
  6. Kodu—game programming
  7. Learn to code
  8. Robby Leonardi–programmer–a game played about programming in the style of Mario

More ideas? Check Cybraryman’s Programming Page and see what Kent ISD is doing that week. Or, try this series of Hour of Code lesson plans for K-8.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

updated 4-3-16

7 Responses to 67 K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions–by Grade Level

  1. wideeyedlearning

    Are there any good sites/apps (free) that allow kids to work together for hour of code?

    • Jacqui

      The unplugged options work–Primo and Build a Human Robot. Or, you could display it on the class Smartscreen or group several students around a computer. Kind of low-tech. Most of the sites allow sharing of projects, but I don’t see options for collaborating. I’ll keep looking, Michelle.

      • wideeyedlearning

        Thanks Jacqui! I’m lucky enough to be 1:1 in my class, but I am searching for a way to have the kids collaborate for the HOC as opposed to going solo. Not so much sharing computers, but working together towards a common goal. If you see anything, I’m all ears! 🙂

  2. Melony Scholte

    Wow! What a great resource. Thanks for compiling these, Jacqui!

    • Jacqui

      There are so many great resources out there. I started this to help me figure out what I wanted to do and decided to share it. Glad you like it!

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