Unplugged Coding

Unplugged Coding

So what about classrooms that do not have computers and devices readily available for students to practice coding, or do not have enough to share among large groups of students?  No worries!  Students can also practice the basics of coding through “unplugged” activities and games.



One of my new favorite additions gets my students up and moving with Hopscotch Coding! Students map out interactive codes on the floor and act them out to practice sequencing, conditions, and loops!

Looking for a version of Hop Scotch Coding that’s more appropriate for big kids? Check out my brand new Dance Party Hop Scotch Coding for 2nd-5th Grade! This is perfect to pair with the Dance Party lessons on code.org.

For other unplugged coding games, students can map out the code on paper, then have a partner figure out the code and write the code to match!  My brand new Unplugged Coding Bundle for K-3 is perfect for practicing simple block coding on paper.

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You can also try a free sample for Gingerbread Coding by clicking below:

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Free activities for classroom or home
CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

The activities introduce students to Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbersalgorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas!

CS Unplugged is suitable for people of all ages, from elementary school to seniors, and from many countries and backgrounds. Unplugged has been used around the world for over twenty years, in classrooms, science centers, homes, and even for holiday events in a park!

The material is available free of charge, and is shared under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licence, which makes it easy to copy, adapt and share it.