6.B.1. FIRST TIME CODING in GradES 3-5

PARENT & TEACHER FEEDBACK AS SONGS

From the Wellington Catholic District School Board.

  • After students engaged in coding in a math/geometry setting (similar to the Draw Squares with Scratch activity on pages 3-6 of math-coding-club.pdf), they shared their learning at home. They enjoyed this!
  • See also an interview with Grades 1-8 teachers from St. Andrews PS, TDSB, on this theme.
  • Parents returned comments to the teacher on "What my child shared with me" and "What I learned." They were very positive!
  • Comments were transcribed into Word, organized into themes, with duplicate comments deleted ... making lyrics ... and songs (thanks to musician Ian Parliament).
  • Also made a song based on teacher comments, called "Wish you were here"

 

1. Learn so fast!

- mp3 by students

- mp3 by Ian P.

(From Parody of Taylor Swift's "We are never ever getting back together")

My child told me they learned
how to program a computer
to make the cat move
and draw stuff like shapes
she said it was cool!

My son’s first time with Scratch
was tricky
but once he got it it was easy
my daughter made her own block
that drew hexagons and circles

He is interested
in learning different ways
and tools to do math
programming can be fun
it’s a cool tool and very interactive

It was nice how he explained
his experience with Scratch
I realized technology is crazy
he can learn so fast on, so fast on computers
it was nice how he explained Scratch

I learned that my son
can do this program at home
to become a young programmer
I learned to create my own shape
following what my daughter shared

Changing sounds, colours
and degrees
I learned a lot of things about coding
that I did not know before
you can do even art

We’re impressed
he is learning geometry
using a computer program
and getting excited about math
using coding to move a cat

It was nice how she explained
her experience with Scratch
I realized technology is crazy
she can learn so fast on, so fast on computers
it was nice how she explained Scratch

2. Keen to learn more

- mp3 by students

- mp3 by Ian P.

(Parody of Steve Miller's "The joker")

My child shared with me
how to log into Scratch
create squares and repeating circles
added sounds, changed directions
and saved her projects

I had no idea what she was doing
but she made the cat move
created multi-coloured patterns
it looked cool
she had a lot of fun doing it

my daughter is excited
about her ability to code
enjoys the strategy of trial and error
and is very keen to learn even more
my daughter is very excited

I learned creating designs is tricky
codes are commands
we even tried our own
you can make different shapes
and coding is really cool!

my son was very interested
to show me how the program works
to change directions and get new results
you have to be specific
about the language you use

my son is excited
about his ability to code
enjoys the strategy of trial and error
and is very keen to learn even more
my son is very excited

3. I said to my parents

- mp3 by Ian P.

(Parody of The Beatles' "Birthday")

He is excited
to work on the computer 
to learn to “talk to it”
he is proud of 
himself 
and I am too

Take 100 steps
turn 90 degrees
keep going 
all 4 sides
scripts tell it
where to go

I said to my parents
There’s a cool coding program 
at school ... They didn’t know that
at school ... They didn’t Know that

Make it do things
draw colourful 
shapes
but nothing works
if you don’t have a
username and password

Add backgrounds
use different characters
make projects
and cool shapes
with scripts
with Scripts

I said to my parents
There’s a cool coding program 
at school ... They didn’t know that
at school ... They didn’t Know that 

4. Math and code

- mp3 by students

- mp3 by Ian P.

He shared Scratch
And he told me
It’s a fun way
To learn math
and geometry

Making shapes
was challenging
but she did enjoy
the process
using coding

She showed me 
How to use code
On a Chromebook
To draw a triangle
She showed me 
How to use code
On a Chromebook
To draw a hexagon

Grade 3 math
Is not easy for me
She said 
It was a lot of fun
It was a lot of fun
Grade 3 math
Is not easy for me
She said 
It was a lot of fun
It was a lot of fun 

At first it
Wouldn’t work
She analyzed the code
And fixed 
Her mistake

Code blocks
Make sprites
Move and draw
Make sounds
And other things

She showed me 
How to use code
On a Chromebook
To draw a triangle
She showed me 
How to use code
On a Chromebook
To draw a hexagon

Grade 3 math
Is not easy for me
He said 
It was a lot of fun
Grade 3 math
Is not easy for me
He said 
It was a lot of fun

5. Coding is a problem-solving game

- mp3 by students

- mp3 by Ian P.

My son showed me how to code
To create animations
I learnt I need to pay attention
To put blocks in the right place

You can make different things
Games or animations
Or stories or presentations
So other people can see them

I made a two-triangle star
I’m beginning to see
the value
Of coding in education
It’s part of everyday life

Coding is a problem-solving game 
a problem-solving game
Coding is a problem-solving game 
Drag blocks to give instructions
Coding is a problem-solving game 
a problem-solving game
Coding is a problem-solving game 
My daughter enjoys it

She loved coding for the first time
Her coding was so great
That other students used it
To make their programs

Coding starts with a character
My daughter called it a sprite
You can use the sprites in Scratch
Or you can make your own

It was challenging but it was fun
Need to attend to the details
A small change in the code
Can have a great effect

Coding is a problem-solving game 
a problem-solving game
Coding is a problem-solving game 
Drag blocks to give instructions
Coding is a problem-solving game 
a problem-solving game
Coding is a problem-solving game 
My son enjoys it

6. Wish you were here

- mp3 by Ian P.

[Comments from teachers ...]

wish you were here 
to see the kids
that never do well 
on assessments

I’ve never seen
that part of him
words coming out
were impressive

freed up their ideas
students engaged
a “growth-mindset”
trying new things

using Scratch 
at home 
still talking about it
some creating games

with Youtube tutorials
they loved it
wanted to stay
in for recess

It can be challenging
but a safe way to learn
good math talk
you could really see 
who was thinking

90 degrees 
not just a label
they saw it 
in action

in rotations
in spiral patterns
parents apprehensive

but impressed 
learning from children
they loved that
their kids loved it

kids know more than us
try it for literacy
explore more
curriculum connections

It can be challenging
but a safe way to learn
good math talk
you could really see 
who was thinking