Lesson Title: Exploring the World Through a Disability  

Grade Levels: 6-8 

Length of Lesson: 60 minutes 

Overview: This activity allows students to learn about algorithms by experiencing what life could be like with a disability. Students will use their knowledge to create a poster to educate others. 

Objectives: 

  • Students will identify inputs and outputs of a given algorithm. 
  • Students will apply abstraction in order to identify important variables in creating an algorithm. 
  • Students will create a hierarchy by dividing a problem into multiple parts through decomposition. 
  • Students will develop a problem statement.

Standards Alignment: 

Mathematics 

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 

English Language Arts 

  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. 

Science 

  • Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table). 

ISTE 

  • Innovative Designer: Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions. 
  • Computational Thinker: Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions. 
  • Global Collaborator: Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.