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Monsters at School Project

A collaboration between elementary and secondary students.

Elementary students drew and described a monster.

Secondary students transformed their monster into a puppet monster and wrote a story about a situation that could happen in high school. This story was put into an online book in Book Creator with actions that the code in the Micro:bit represented.

Secondary students visited the elementary students and presented the puppet monsters with the Micro:bit. It was a great way to introduce the topic of going to high school.

What an experience for all these students!

Reviewing Vocabulary to Prepare for Coding

In this clip, Patricia Blanchette, an elementary ESL teacher at l’école Barthélémy-Vimont (CSDM), explains how she prepared her students for a coding activity using Scratch.

Scratch is a free online programming language where students can use blocks to create stories, games, and animations. In this video, Patricia presents the key vocabulary students need to use in order to complete a Scratch script.

You can find many tutorials online that will support your teaching of programming to young students. We have included a link to Randy Hamlyn’s Coding in Intensive English Resources.

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Coding in Intensive English

In this project, Caroline Poulin, an Intensive English teacher at Cs Des Navigateurs and Randy Hamlyn, an ESL educational consultant, collaborated to create tools to bring coding into the classroom in a pedagogical way.

They have created activities where students learn the basics of coding while learning English. A special emphasis was put on having students interact orally.

We encourage you to go through the steps on the website in order to be ready when you start using the tools with the students.

You can find all the tools on Randy’s ESL HAMLet website.