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Building Blocks of Computer Science

The Building Blocks of Computer Science Educator Section includes tools as well as ready-to-use classroom materials. Educators can see how the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) K-12 Computer Science Standards align with the series, organized by the grade level(s) they teach. In addition, educators will have access to reading resources such as discussion guides and comprehension checks as well as fun classroom activities like vocabulary bingo! The Educator Section will also include engaging lessons, centered around standards, with built-in differentiation options to support all learners as they continue to explore this content.

Building Blocks of Computer Science Standards Alignment

Use this section to view how the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) K-12 Computer Science Standards align to the Building Blocks of Computer Science series.

Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 Computer Science Standards

Reading Resources

Each book in the Building Blocks of Computer Science series comes with a Discussion Guide as well as a Comprehension Check! Each Discussion Guide includes 10 questions, as well as potential answers, and is intended to be used during or after reading the text to help students better understand the content. Each Comprehension Check also includes 10 questions and comes with an Answer Key. The Comprehension Check is intended to be used after reading and is a great assessment option.

Classroom Activities

These activities are designed for classroom use and can be used in both the small group and/or whole group setting. These activities bring some fun, engagement, and reflection to students’ learning!

Vocabulary Bingo

Play this bingo game with your students to deepen their understanding of key vocabulary words related to the entire Building Blocks of Computer Science series. This can also be used as a fun review game before an assessment.

Hardware Heads Up

Help students dive deeper into the physical components of computers with this review activity and game! Students will describe information related to common and important pieces of hardware, including a physical description, an explanation of its functions, and whether it can be classified as internal or external hardware.

Lesson Plans

World Book has created lesson plans that can be used to help deepen students’ understanding of the Building Blocks of Computer Science concepts. These full lesson plans are aligned to standards, include assessment options, describe possible differentiation considerations, and include a variety of ways for students to stay engaged in their learning. Many materials are included as quick and easy downloads for your convenience.

Writing Pseudocode Algorithms

This engaging lesson combines elements of computer science with procedural writing and editing skills to help students understand the importance of efficiency and clarity when coding. Get ready to be a little goofy as you follow students’ algorithms for making the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich ever!

Graphing Colorful Candies

This cross-curricular lesson is designed for students in grades 2-3 and includes a tasty treat! Students will make connections between data analysis in computer science and data analysis in math by collecting, presenting, and interpreting data about the color of your favorite candy-coated chocolates.

Computer Science Timelines

In this lesson, students will collaborate with their peers to construct a timeline of major events related to the development of computers and the study of computer science. Students will then analyze their timelines, discussing dates that stood out, trends in technology development, and anything that surprised them. This lesson also provides an opportunity for independent written reflection, which can be used as a form of assessment.