Logo Works

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If you have an elementary-aged student with a strong interest in computers and programming, this course will give them a strong foundation. There are three components to this course. The first is the Logo software, which is sold separately. All files that are referenced or used in this curriculum can be found in the Logo program. The second part is the student book, which is written directly to the student and designed to be consumable, but is not reproducible (in some cases it is suggested that the student write their answers and activity responses in a separate notebook). The last component is the teacher's manual. This does not contain the student book content, but is intended for classroom teachers and provides learning objectives, vocabulary, guided computer activities, points to discuss, potential problem areas for students, several reproducible forms, and the answer key. The curriculum contains seven chapters divided into forty-six lessons. Chapters cover becoming familiar with Logo, using the "repeat" command, writing procedures, drawing polygons, drawing circles, problem solving, variables and recursion. Each lesson in the student book is made up of three parts: lesson text, several activities, and an exploration. The activities are based on the concepts learned in the lesson, and progress from straightforward to more complex and open-ended. Answers to all activities are found in the teacher's manual. Explorations, on the other hand, are open-ended challenges for the student based on what they have learned. These are more creative in scope, and there are no answers for them.

In comparison to Logo Adventures, this program is set up more formally, and it covers concepts more exhaustively. However, Logo Adventures spends more time on animation procedures, explores more options, and has more variety overall. On the other hand, Logo Adventures does not get into variables, which Logo Works does (at the end). If you're not sure how excited your student will be about Logo or programming, you may want to start with Logo Adventures. If your student really gets into it and enjoys it, you may want to move onto Logo Works, although there will be a fair amount of "review" at the beginning. For the very motivated, interested student, however, this course will provide them with a more systematic, thorough coverage, lots of practice with concepts, and exposure to some advanced topics. Jess

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