Teacher-Facing Resources


Estimated Time:15 minutes


Score Type:Automatically Graded

Work completed by a student will be automatically graded and the grade will be sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook

Available Languages: English, Spanish

Primary Objectives:

  • Student learns what an algorithm is and how to use algorithms to solve problems or complete tasks.
  • Student learns how to develop and use a flowchart to plan and represent an algorithm.
  • Student learns that input is the information and materials used in an algorithm and the result of the algorithm is called the output.
  • Student understands that testing an algorithm is important to ensure that the algorithm is understandable and reliable.
  • Student understands that an algorithm can involve choices that need to be made when following the algorithm and can result in different steps in the algorithm.
  • Student learns that algorithms are useful in sequencing and sorting objects or information and that these tasks can be automated using digital tools.
  • Student understands how to analyze a situation in order to develop a problem statement.
  • Student learns that computer programs are algorithms that tell the computer how to perform a task.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student understands the importance of planning in developing an algorithm.
  • Student uses reasoning to understand how systems and processes work and how to determine the information needed to solve a problem or complete a task.
  • Students are introduced to the basic concepts used in computer programming and computer language.
  • Student identifies how automation of tasks is possible using computers and algorithms
  • Student uses active listening skills to understand information and follow directions.


Algorithm Development 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Programming > Algorithm Development 

Analyze Algorithms 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Programming > Analyze Algorithms 

Critical / Analytical Thinking

Language Arts > Life Skills Daily Life > Critical / Analytical Thinking

Design Sorting Algorithms 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Programming > Design Sorting Algorithms 


Science > Concepts and Processes > Problem Solving > Engineering


Language Arts > Writing > Products / Formats > Technical > Functional


Mathematics > Computer Math > Computer Programming > General

Hardware / Software Applications

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Personal Use > Hardware / Software Applications

Listening / Pay Attention

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention

Look for and make use of structure

Mathematics > Process Standards > Common Core > Look for and make use of structure


Mathematics > Process Standards > Computation > Methods/Steps/Strategies


Mathematics > Process Standards > Problem Solving > Methods/Steps/Strategies


Language Arts > Reading / Literature > Comprehension / Analysis > Follow Directions > Nonfiction

Problem Solving

Social Studies > Process and Literacy Skills > Social Science - History > Problem Solving


Mathematics > Process Standards > Models/Representations > Problem-solving


Science > History / Technology / Social Perspectives > Computer Science > Programming

Timelines / Diagrams / Maps

Language Arts > Writing > Visual Aids > Graphs / Charts > Timelines / Diagrams / Maps
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  • Students may be unfamiliar with the term algorithm, but they use algorithms every time they complete math problems. It may be useful to introduce students to algorithms by having students think about the algorithms they use in math. You may decide to ask students to draw out a sketch that shows how a multi-step word problem is solved. This exercise will give students an opportunity to analyze how they use algorithms in solving everyday problems.

  • Ask students to create a flowchart to represent an algorithm of an every day task that needs to be done in the classroom, such as handing in assignments, passing out papers or pencils, organizing the classroom library, or any other simple task (ask students to volunteer ideas for these tasks). Students trade their algorithms with another student for testing. While testing, have students revise the original algorithm to ensure its reliability. Once testing and revision is done, ask student volunteers to demonstrate the algorithm and have the class offer feedback on the algorithm. Display the flowcharts during the demonstrations if possible.

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