Coding Express Set

Character - Caterpillar

The objective with this lesson is for children to understand that the action bricks’ behavior can be changed using the App and with this activity recognize and understand different emotions.

30-45 min.
Intermed.
PreK-K
Character - Caterpillar
Teacher Support

Children will:

  • Understand that the action bricks’ behavior can be changed using the app
  • Recognize and understand different emotions
  • Be able to use the app to create stories

For up to four children

Coding Express set (45025)
Coding Express App

Each lesson has been developed using the science, math and technology guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children
(NAEYC), the 21st Century Early Learning framework (P21) and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

The learning goals listed at the end of each lesson can be used to determine whether or not each child is developing the relevant early math skills. These bullet points target specific skills or pieces of information that are practiced or presented during each lesson.

Character - Caterpillar

Engage

Video preview

Read the children this story about a little caterpillar:

"There was a caterpillar who loved all kinds of colors and she always dressed in lots
of colors. She went to preschool, just like all of you! Her favorite thing to do at
preschool was to play hide-and-seek, and she loved to eat snacks with her friends.
But sometimes, she got upset because she was very tired after playing for a long
time. The best way to make her happy again was to let her nap for a little while. In the
winter, sometimes the caterpillar got sick. Her teacher always took good care of her,
wiping her nose and giving her water to drink."

Tip: Feel free to adapt this story to make it more relatable for your class.

Explore

I’d like to know more about this little caterpillar, wouldn’t you?
Let’s build her!

Build a caterpillar and a train track.
Now experiment with the app.
Put the caterpillar on the track and allow the children to explore the different functions of each button.
Place one action brick of each color on the track.
Have the children take turns using the app to control the caterpillar.
What happens after the caterpillar passes each action brick?

Explain

Talk to the children about the emotions they’ve seen in the app.

Ask questions like:

  • What emotions did you see on the caterpillar’s face?
  • Why was she sad, angry, happy, or playful?
  • Can you create something using LEGO® bricks or other things to make the caterpillar feelhappy or cheerful?

Elaborate

Encourage the children to create models to match each of the caterpillar’s emotions.
Combine all of the models to make a story!
Talk to the children about being a good friend.

Ask questions like:

  • When our friends are sad, how can we help them to be happy again?
  • How can we take care of our friends when they’re sick?
  • How can you be a good playmate and friend?

Evaluate

Evaluate the children’s skills development by observing if they’re:

  • Expressing thoughts, ideas, and opinions to others
  • Designing and expressing ideas using digital tools and technology
  • Identifying cause and effect relationships
  • Understanding other people’s feelings
  • Expressing their thoughts and feelings
  • Recognizing and naming emotions
  • Understanding how their actions affect others

More Ideas

Use this lesson’s format to create lessons for the Troll and the Robot in the app.
Create your own stories for the characters in the Engage phase and explore more interesting emotions
with your preschoolers.

Teacher Support

Children will:

  • Understand that the action bricks’ behavior can be changed using the app
  • Recognize and understand different emotions
  • Be able to use the app to create stories

For up to four children

Coding Express set (45025)
Coding Express App

Each lesson has been developed using the science, math and technology guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children
(NAEYC), the 21st Century Early Learning framework (P21) and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

The learning goals listed at the end of each lesson can be used to determine whether or not each child is developing the relevant early math skills. These bullet points target specific skills or pieces of information that are practiced or presented during each lesson.

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