Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Ada Lovelace, and supports the standard of analyzing the role of scientists and inventors in technological advances. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image of early computing machines and modern computers, like the images below:

 

 

 

 

 

Ask students: 

  • How are these computers different? How might they be similar?
  • How do you think the early computers evolved into modern computers? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Ada Lovelace topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Careers” or “Personalities.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

 

Step 3: APPLY

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a talk-show style movie where you interview Ada Lovelace about her work, and how it might impact future technology. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map analyzing how Ada Lovelace’s work built on existing technologies, and laid the foundation for the future of computer science
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme representing Ada Lovelace’s importance to computer science. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Ada Lovelace.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How did Ada Lovelace’s upbringing influence her work?
  • What lasting impacts of Ada Lovelace’s work are evident today?
  • What might Ada Lovelace say about modern computers and computer programming? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Ada Lovelace Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Dig deeper into Ada Lovelace’s life by analyzing a Primary Source, a letter from her tutor. 

Meet more technological influencers with BrainPOP’s Grace Hopper and Alan Turing topics.  

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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