10+ Plugged and Unplugged Coding Activities for Hour of Code!

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar!

December 9 to 15th is the annual Hour of Code event.Ā  Coding is such an important skill that enables students to learn writing and math along with any other subject matter. Coding also inspires students to invent and innovate. Students also learn how to write and follow instructions. Below are the resources to get you ready for dedicating at least one lesson to coding.

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Coding Resources

Idea: Dedicate at least one lesson to coding.


  • TheĀ Hour of Code website has tons of ready to go online activities that get students to write code that results in a number of cool outcomes. Search by grade, coding level, and by the type of technology available or unavailable.
  • Code.orgĀ has different activities for elementary students to adults. TheĀ Hour of Code activities require no registration. Find tons of unplugged activities that require no technology and a curriculum with objectives and standards.
  • Tynker is another student favorite that includes projects where students learn different programming languages to create, design, and play games. No registration is required for some of the activities.
  • Kodable has different free activities for elementary students that require no registration. This is one of my elementary students favorite coding programs.
  • Made With Code lists different engaging and fun coding activities for beginners to advanced coders and no registration is required.
  • Khan Academyā€“ Students will walk through video lessons that teach them about a programming language. Then students tweak a code for a specific result. This website is for middle school, teens, and adult learners.
  • TinkerCadā€“ If you have access to a 3D printer students (elementary to adults) can complete several quick learning modules to create rings, name tags, and more. The modules are broken down into very simple steps that often take 5 minutes or less.
  • CS UnpluggedĀ has several free printables with pdfs describing the different activities and concepts. Find a list of topicsĀ here.
  • CS Unplugged MINES lists several lesson plans for teaching coding, binary, algorithms and more to middle school students.
  • Teachers Pay Teachers has free unplugged printables, games, and activities.
  • Pinterest also has several unplugged coding activities from great STEM bloggers.
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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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