First graders just completed a rotation in the Innovation Lab focusing on map skills along with fairy tales and fables. Within the unit students created their own maps using KidPix and explored their own community in Google Earth. Our last activity was probably the most fun. Students used Ozobots to navigate maps they created with paper and markers. We were able to integrate coding skills through the use of Ozocodes, or color sequences, students added to their maps. These codes made the Ozobots speed up and slow down, zigzag, turn around, etc. Sometimes the codes worked perfectly and other times they did not, this proved to be a good lesson in troubleshooting and teamwork. After a little practice students created their final maps and we watched the Ozobots navigate the lines and read the odes, all along telling the fable or fairy tale.
GEMS Innovation Lab