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Years 5-6

Activities and worksheets for students in Years 5-6 with curriculum links.

Classroom resources

Worksheets and creative activities (minimal equipment needed)

 

Think like George Boole

Learn about the development of logic problems and logic gates through the work of George Boole and Claude Shannon.

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Online learning adjustments
The student edition is suitable for home as is. If the teacher edition is being taught as an online call, students can participate. If no online class is being held, teachers could post their questions online and students have to answer True or False to the questions and tally their score before writing their own series of Boolean statements.


Algorithmic thinking

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Students submit their instructions to other students, or the whole class to replicate.Discussion about algorithms and clarity of instructions can be carried out in online class or, if permissible, school online learning platform. If class discussion can be held, discuss the use of repetition and loops in their instructions. Eg. Did students say, "do this three times"? How is that similar to a coding loop?


Turing and cyphers

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
This activity could be completed easily at home. It is more challenging if students do not have access to the internet, as there are online cypher breakers which make decoding much easier! If you are using an online learning platform and are OK with students using the internet to solve the problem, it could be a ‘race’ to see who solves it first.

Warning
Googling the problem (eg. ‘Drsbn, gkvu pyb 650w kmbycc dro Gsvvskw Lkbku Lbsnqo) will result in Digital Careers as the first result, and the answers are in the document! We encourage you to make up your own statements if you have savvy students!


Decoding with binary

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Online learning adjustments
Students could post their secret messages to other students on an online learning platform, or work with household members to solve the problem. Teachers could develop their own secret message and post to an online learning platform and have a race to see who solves it first.


Search engine comparison

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Can be completed as an independent activity and submitted as a report.


Worksheets and creative activities (minimal equipment needed)

RGB colouring

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Online learning adjustments
Following either activity students could use their knowledge of RGB and Hex colours to design their own colouring page. 


Designing dream apps and peripherals

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Could be used as the basis for a large design-based thinking project where students storyboard or prototype a device or app.


Activities (some equipment needed)

Computational Thinking in Action

Each Computational Thinking in Action resource was designed to develop team work; critical and creative thinking; problem solving; and Computational Thinking skills. All activities come with the Computational Thinking definitions, a Thinking about Computational Thinking worksheet, the activity and an extension activity. The Thinking about Computational Thinking worksheet can be filled in after the activity is completed, used as a discussion prompt, or a framework to build an extension activity or project.

These resources were developed for students to use as a reflection prompt after completing any Computational Thinking in Action activity. Thinking about Computational Thinking is to be used in conjunction with the Computational Thinking definitions to enable students to identify and compare key thinking skills. Students can then use the prompt to discuss with classmates about other approaches to problem solving. The final prompts can be used as guiding questions if extension activities are completed. 

Online and home learning adjustments
For each of the published resources below, we have developed some suggested modifications to facilitate teaching and learning in a range of environments.


Rubbish robots

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Students work in groups at home. Teacher/instructor takes a picture of the sprinkled chads and students compare algorithms in their online learning environments.


Smart cities

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Students work in groups at home. Teacher/instructor takes a picture of the placed people and students compare tower placement and costs in their online learning environments.


Touch screens

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability 


Vertical harvesting

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability 


Secure network

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability 

Online learning adjustments
This activity was to role play networks and changes to networks. It should be completed in groups. To modify it for online learning, teachers should develop an image with dots, which students then connect. Students will need to submit their network to their teachers, who will “cut” a path, and distribute the changed network back to students. Students should then use their online workspace to compare answers. 


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