Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Cloud Computing, and supports the standard of describing ways that data can be stored. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: What does it mean to save your photos on  the “cloud”?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Arts and Entertainments” or “Language.” 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: Produce a commercial for a cloud computing company. Persuade viewers to consider your service by identifying the benefits of cloud computing.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the benefits and drawbacks of using and storing data from the cloud. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts representing the different ways people can use cloud computing. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

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

  • What cloud-based applications do you use? How does it help you? 
  • How might people use cloud computing to access or distribute different types of media, like documents, photos, songs, or videos? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Cloud Computing Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Dive more deeply into computer programming with BrainPOP’s collection of Computer Science and Coding topics, games, and teacher resources. 

 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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