Not Your Average How-To

Every year we learn about "how-to" writing.  We write pieces such as "How to Make a PBJ Sandwich" or "How to Brush Your Teeth" or "How to Build a Snowman."

This year we took our how-to writing to the next level.

We used our knowledge of step-by-step direction writing to program a robot!

Our district has two robots that were purchased mainly for high school students to learn programming.  We were fortunate enough to be the very first elementary classroom to get a chance to work with the robot!

When I announced that we would be having a special visitor that day, my kiddos NEVER expected this guy!

My firsties were so excited when the robot started moving and talking!

Mr. Z showed us how to program the robot.  The software is not exactly designed for six and seven year olds, so I was a bit apprehensive that they wouldn't be able to figure it out.  I was so wrong!!!
They were able to program the robot to stand, walk, and even spell.  They had to be sure to pay close attention to each step, so that the robot could follow their directions.  Just like in our how-to writing, if they left a step out, the robot would not do what they wanted it to.

Look at that concentration!  They were all so engaged and excited.  I was so impressed with how they worked together, took turns with the computer, and shared ideas.

The robot showing off his dance moves!

We can't wait to invite our robot back again!

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