Coding Adventure: TEACHER NOTES
Computer Science Education Week
Join an adorable monkey in an hour-long jungle adventure that will introduce your students to the basics of computer science. In the activity, students will advance through a self-paced progression of 30 challenges in which they will help a monkey catch bananas as they write real lines of code.
ABOUT CODING ADVENTURE
In an hour, students will progress through 30 fun coding challenges.
Coding Adventure is great for beginner coders, no matter the age.
Students will learn CoffeeScript, a programming language that is easy and functional
easy to follow
The platform is intuitive and instructions are easy to follow.
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STEP 1: PREP
Go through as many coding challenges as you can to get familiar with the program. We also recommend reading CodeMonkey's blog post on how to host a successful hour of code.
STEP 2: PRINT
Print out certificates for your students to take home. Students who have their own email can request a certificate at the end of the hour of code.
STEP 3: WRITE
Write www.codemonkey.com/hour-of-code/coding-adventure/ on your whiteboard so students can easily begin.
STEP 5: EXPLAIN
- Computer Science: the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to create anything from phone apps, animated movies, robots and more!
– Program: a set of instructions for your computer to follow.
– Commands: what you use to build a program
STEP 6: START
Instruct students to go to the link and click on ‘Start Playing’ to get started.
STEP 7: DISCUSS
Once in a while, discuss different ways to solve challenges. We recommend doing so with challenges 16 and 25.
STEP 8: CONTINUE
Continue the fun with the full Coding Adventure game. Coding Adventure is made up of over 400 fun-filled challenges that cover coding topics anywhere from loops and variables to conditionals and Boolean operators. Together with plugged and unplugged lesson plans, you will be able to easily roll-out and fully integrate coding in your classroom.
Most frequent questions and answers
The activity starts off with very simple tasks in order to gradually teach students different aspects of coding.
Yes, you can print out certificates for your students to take home. Students who have their own email address can request a certificate at the end of the hour of code. If not, you can print certificates out here.
Encourage them to go back and try to get 3 stars in all 30 challenges. Ask them to help classmates who are having trouble or start a new activity here.
Encourage them to read the instructions carefully and double check their code if something is not working.
Encourage students to start each challenge by pressing “run” and watching what the initial code does. This will help them clarify where the code needs fixing.
A challenging puzzle is challenge 27. Refer to the screenshot for a 3-star solution.
After every challenge, students will get a star score based on their solution.
- One star means you earned all the bananas.
- Two stars means you earned all the bananas and incorporated learned topics.
- Three stars signifies that you caught all the bananas, incorporated learned topics, and did so in concisely.
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