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Recite steps for algorithmic thinking | Students Compute like Computers to Solve Real Problems (Part 7 or 7) | K-2

Student Objective

Students will be able to:
1. Recite the steps needed to procedurally analyze and interpret data representing an event.
2. Explain the steps they take to identify challenges described by data.


This is the final step for the Parts 1-6 Activities for ” Students Compute like Computers to Solve Real Problems.”

Step 1: Review the steps students have taken at the beginning of this activity

  1. Find the data representing an event to analyze (or collect data on an event)
  2. Organize the data into numerical data
  3. Put the organized data into a graph to see it easily
  4. Compare values within your data to find problems
  5. Brainstorm solutions to solve the problem
  6. Test your brainstormed solutions

Step 2: Have students reflect and discuss what they did at each stage

  • Make sure that students have access to a digital or physical anchor chart with the steps laid of “Computing like a Computer”
  • Do a think-pair-share for each individual step asking the following question:
    • What did you do in this step?

Step 3: Model for students how to organize steps in a process using google slides

  • Use google slides (google slide #11) and create a ranking activity, where students drag and drop the steps in the computational process to organize them (in pairs or individually).
  • Duplicate the slides until you hit the number of slides you need to meet the number of students or pairs within your classroom.
  • Assign individual students or pairs to specific slide numbers (you can add their names if needed, probably a good idea for 1st graders)
  • Model with a think aloud for students how to use google slides, how to drag and drop, and clarify your expectations for your final result

Step 4: Have students practice an example ranking activity after your model

  • Create a duplicate of slide (google slide #11) and change the items to rank to other things for practice

Step 5: Have students actually rank the computational process using google slides

  • Have students complete the ranking activity

Step 6: Stamp the Process for Students and End Activity

  • This concludes all the steps that computers take to identify and solve problems by looking at data from an event!


EdTech used in this activity:

Google Slides

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