Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is the perfect book for building a coding algorithm. It asks over and over again what is being seen. On the Brown Bear, Brown Bear Algorithm Activity children will draw arrow from the brown bear to first thing that he sees. After drawing arrow north connecting the brown bear to the red bird, children will need to decide which direction they need to go to get to the yellow duck. Will they need to go just one direction or a combination of directions to get from the bear to character at the end of the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
There really isn’t just one series of steps that needs to be used to get from one animal to another. There are definitely shorter routes and longer routes. When you are building an algorithm, you want create the shortest number of steps between one thing and the next. When I am building paper algorithms with my students, we try to do the same thing.
While I advocate that they just use one direction per box and try not to place a direction in the animal box on this Brown Bear, Brown Bear printable, it doesn’t always happen. Some try to come with complex algorithms that have lots of directions. I unusually take the time to tell my student that computer coders or programmers try to make their algorithms simple. Too many steps or a complicate series of steps can lead to trouble.
The ultimate goal is to give my students an understanding of coding even when they are in kindergarten or first grade. My older students are learning to code using Code.org. Next year my first graders will be using it too.