Let’s Play Hopscotch

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This week in the iLearnLab, the fifth grade students had the opportunity to play Hopscotch.  We set up a grid and hopped away…well not really.  We did however setup an X-Y axis and talked about positive and negative points on an axis.

We used an app called Hopscotch to stage a couple of characters to move in a certain way on the X-Y axis.

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The challenge that was presented to the 5th graders was to have 2 characters start in the middle of the stage and form the letter “t” using x, y coordinates.  This required some deep thinking.  Some students have never seen an X-Y axis before and not being a math teacher, I may have confused some folks in my explanation.  However, with the help of the Hopscotch app the kids quickly understood that positive numbers will make the character move to the right and that negative numbers will move the character to the left.  Once they discovered this ,  the activity grew some serious legs and took off.  Some students completed the task very quickly, while others sought assistance from their friends to complete the task.  The energy in the room was incredible.

My hope is that this activity will lead to tinkering with programs like Hopscotch, Scratch and other basic programming applications.

Please let me know if you have questions about what is going on in this space.  Also, please let me know if you have any tools or materials to donate.

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