Unit Plan: I Can Code!
Introduction to Coding

Applied Design, Skills and Technology / Grade 1-2

Big Ideas

Skills can be developed through play.

Technologies are tools that extend human capabilities.


  • Systems
  • Cause/effect
Essential Questions

Students will keep considering…

  • How can I express myself to achieve a goal?
Evaluative Criteria


Monitoring Progress

Formative Assessment

  • Code.org progression through levels
  • Teacher monitoring: partner work, group work, class work (successfully competing tasks, using appropriate vocab, etc.)

Summative Assessment

  • See performance task



  • Paul Clarke and Justine Frazee – District Helping Teahcers for Technology

How will teachers reflect on and evaluate the completed project?

What aspects of the unit went well?

What did students struggle with?

What did you struggle with?

What would you add/revise the next time you taught this unit?

Were there any unintended outcomes?

Were students engaged?

Unit Overview




Introduction to Coding




Introduction to Coding



Unit Overview

Introduction to computer coding for grades 1-2.






Unit Duration

6-8 lessons



Related Big Ideas


The following resources are made available through the British Columbia Ministry of Education. For more information, please visit BC’s New Curriculum.


Big Ideas

The Big Ideas consist of generalizations and principles and the key concepts important in an area of learning. The Big Ideas represent what students will understand at the completion of the curriculum for their grade. They are intended to endure beyond a single grade and contribute to future understanding.

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Core Competencies

orangecommunicationCommunications Competency

The set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media

bluethinkingThinking Competency

The knowledge, skills and processes we associate with intellectual development

greensocialSocial Competency

The set of abilities that relate to students’ identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society

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Curricular Competencies & Content

Curricular Competencies are the skills, strategies, and processes that students develop over time. They reflect the “Do” in the Know-Do-Understand model of curriculum. The Curricular Competencies are built on the thinking, communicating, and personal and social competencies relevant to disciplines that make up an area of learning.

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Additional Resources

First People's Principles of Learning

To read more about First People’s Principles of Learning, please click here.

For classroom resources, please visit the First Nations Education Steering Committee.