We watched videos on BrainPop on how a computer worked. There's one on BrainPop and BrainPop Jr.
Next, we researched about computer scientists.
After our research was complete, students took a poll using Nearpod to see if they would like to be computer scientists when they grew up. A majority of them said yes. I did reinforce to them that no matter what job field they will go into, technology will be used, and what they are learning in ETA will definitely help them.
After we concluded our computer scientist discussion, we shifted gears to Binary Code. There's a great lesson plan activity on learn.code.og about binary code. I kept it VERY basic for my 1st-2nd grade students, and gradually made it a little more complex with each grade level.
I decided to let 1st-5th grade make Binary Bracelets. They were to color the first letter of their first name. For my first grade students, I went around and marked which squares to color. After I did that, they were able to grasp the concept.
I didn't introduce binary code to kindergarten students. Instead, we focused on parts of a computer and directions. They loved this video on directions. We also sang the hokey pokey.
Next week we will learn basic animation techniques.