Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Loops, and supports the standard of developing algorithms that use loops to solve a problem. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display a gif showing a real life loop, like the dance in this link

Ask students:

  • What comes to mind when you think of a loop, like the one pictured here? 
  • What are some other examples of things that loop?  

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: “Theory” or “In Practice.” 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 tutorial describing a computer programming situation when you would need to code a loop, and explaining how to do it. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map comparing and contrasting finite and infinite loops. Identify examples of each. 
  • Creative Coding: Use loops to code a scrolling headline for a newscast. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

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

  • How is syntax in coding similar to punctuation in reading and writing? 
  • How is looping in different programming languages similar? How does it differ? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Loops Quiz

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Practice using concepts like variables, loops, and more with coding games, including Blockly: Maze and Run Marco!

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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