Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: How do humans communicate with computers to tell them what to do? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

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

Step 3: APPLY

Students express their understanding through one or more of the following projects, which also address essential literacy skills. They can work individually or collaborate.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a talk-show style movie where you interview Grace Hopper about her life and innovations. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a timeline sequencing the major events of Grace Hopper’s life, and their impact on society. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme representing Grace Hopper’s contributions to computer science.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: Students reflect on what they’ve learned about Grace Hopper.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • What traits made Grace Hopper successful? 
  • Where can we see the influence of Hopper’s work today?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Grace Hopper Quiz

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of technological innovators with these topics: Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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