Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Logic Gates, and supports the standard of describing ways to store data. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image of a logic gate and a truth table, like this one:

Ask students: What do you think is happening?

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: “Famous Faces” or “Quirky Stuff.”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 home security system that explains how logic gates protect different areas. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that identifies and uses examples to describe how different logic gates function. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game challenging players to determine which logic gate would create a specific output from given inputs. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

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

  • How is a circuit board similar to a brain?  
  • How might logic gates work in technology that you use? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Logic Gates Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Learn more about logic gates by analyzing a letter and answering questions in this Primary Source Activity

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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