Are you teaching learners how to code? If so, you must add How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk to your lesson plans. A young girl, by the name of Pearl, narrates the thought process behind coding. She begins by introducing her robot friend, Pascal. Readers will see how Pearl directs the robot to build the perfect sandcastle. Terms like “loop” and “sequence” are defined with appealing illustrations. A “Guide to Coding” at the end of the book further defines coding terms.
Response to Literature
AASL Standards Framework for Learners: Explore/Create V.B.1: Discover and innovate in a growth mindset developed through experience and reflection by problem solving through cycles of design, implementation, and reflection.
Ask learners the following questions while reading How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk:
What big problem did Pearl want to solve? (pg. 5)
What does a coder do? (pg. 6)
What small problems does Pearl solve? (pg. 7-24)
Engage learners by asking if they would like to create code to make a robot to move.