Coding Websites/Webtools by Grade

Over the next week, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for your Hour of Code. This includes (links won’t work until the articles are posted):

This is a long list of online activities related to coding and programming. It is updated once a year so I apologize in advance for any dead links. At any time during the year, click to take you to the master list:

Program on computers, iPads, laptops–whatever works, whatever age. I’ll start this list with web-based options, by grade level and then continue with a mash-up:


1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade




  1. BeeBop–based on the Beebop floor robot–free
  2. Cargo-Bot—logic iPad gamecoding
  3. Cato’s Hike (K+)
  4. Codea (Perfect for Intermediate+)
  5. Daisy the Dinosaur—intro to programming
  6. Grasshopper–coding app for beginners with lesson tutorials; intuitive
  7. Hopscotch (for up to intermediate–more complicated that Kodable)
  8. Kodable
  9. Move the Turtle–programming via iPad for middle school
  10. Osmo Coding--a purchased game system to teach coding
  11. Pyonkee–free, a little glitchy
  12. ScratchJr--for ages 5-7
  13. Swift Playground–from Apple, includes lessons and challenges designed to teach kids to code

Build an App

  1. Apps Geyser
  2. App Inventor–build Android apps on a smartphones; from MIT
  3. Game Salad
  4. Glide–create an app from a spreadsheet
  5. Metaverse–create apps using Metaverse’s AR platform
  6. Thunkable

Coding Curriculum

  1. C-STEM Studio–download to teach computers, science, technology, engineering and math with robotics
  2. Everyone Can Code–from Apple
  3. Google Computer Science for High School–free workshops (with application) for K-12 teachers
  4. Learn to Code (for free)
  5. Ted-ED Think Like A Coder–a 10-episode cartoon-based series to teach kids about coding in a game format

Hour of Code


  1. Animatron–design and publish animated and interactive content that plays everywhere, from desktop computers to mobile devices.
  2. Basics of Coding–from AT&T
  3. BrainPop coding games
  4. Build a website–a guide
  5. Chrome Experiments–geeky experimentation with programming
  6. Codespace–coding curriculum
  7. Edabit–learn to code with interactive challenges
  8. Hummingbird Robotics
  9. I like programming video
  10. Kodu—game programming
  11. KOOV–by Sony Education
  12. Learn to code
  13. Minecraft coding mod
  14. Pencil Code
  15. Robby Leonardi–programmer–a game played about programming in the style of Mario
  16. Roboblockly–to teach coding and math, from UCDavis
  17. Stencyl–build games without coding with downloaded software
  18. Stickman–draw a stick figure and the site animates it
  19. Symbaloo collection for coding
  20. TED Talk on young programmers
  21. Which Language Should You Learn to Code–an infographic of options


  1. C-STEM Studio
  2. Cue–from Wonder Workshop
  3. Dash and Dot — from Wonder Workshop–younger thinkers
  4. Drones
  5. Mebo
  6. Robot Don
  7. Sphero


Windows apps

  1. CodeWriter 
  2. HTML Programs

Click for an Hour of Code lesson plan bundle (K-8).

Click for Robotics 101 lesson plan.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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