Students in Ms. Gettinger’s kindergarten class at Bloomsdale Elementary held their own Gratitude Parade, complete with personal notes of thanks and a route designed through coding!
After reading “Balloons Over Broadway” by Melissa Sweet and learning about the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the students worked in pairs to decorate balloons with notes and artwork on the people and things for which they were thankful. That’s where the coding comes in! The students had the opportunity to use the library’s new Bee-Bots, a robot designed for young children to teach sequencing, estimation and problem solving! Students use directional keys on the top of the robot to enter up to 40 commands, including sending the Bee-Bot forward, backward, left and right. Ms. Gettinger’s students created a simple route and sent the balloons through a parade around the classroom!