Students in Mrs. Siler's Fourth Grade Class (JCMES) started off this school year working with Ozobots - tiny, hand-held robots with unlimited potential. Students were introduced to the color "language" of the robots on the first day of school! Mrs. Siler then allowed them to explore travel lines for their robots using a special place value activity. Students worked together to make their Ozobot travel to designated place values in a nine digit number. Mrs. Siler was able to use this as a pre-assessment of her students' retention of place value concepts from the previous year.
Once students could make their Ozobot travel, they were given the opportunity to code their Ozobot for a treasure hunt. Students learned how to use special color patterns to "talk" to the Ozobot's optical sensors in order to make them perform "cool moves" or change speeds. When they finished their treasure hunt, they recorded their robots' travels and shared the experience with their parents through Class Dojo.
What a great way to jumpstart critical thinking, collaboration, and coding from the beginning of the year!