Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Full STEAM Ahead: Kindergarten Tracing Numbers with Dash

Tracing Numbers with Dash
Lesson Plan for Kindergarten
Prepared by Mrs. Davis


The purpose of this lesson is to support the learning of numbers being taught in the classroom. Using the Dash smart robots and GO programming software, students will be told a number to trace using the Dash robot. Students will then find the number (0-9) on a piece of paper and then maneuver their robot to trace that number that number.  Group members will take turns using the robot, and the other members will decide what number the student is to trace.


  1. 21st Communication
  2. 21st Collaboration
  3. Math CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.A.3 Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).


  1. Discovering
  2. Using robots to transfer the idea of patterns to a process
  3. Understanding the good of a team, and listening to others viewpoints
  4. How to encourage others
  5. Learn how to maneuver the dash and dot robots


  1. 11X14 paper to represent numbers 0-9 for 5 groups
  2. 4-5 Dash Robots
  3. 5 Ipads


Steps to check for student understanding
  1. Did your group work well together?
  2. How did you decide which colors to use?
  3. Was it fun being able to use the Dash robots?
  4. Did you listen and follow the rules for maneuvering the robot?


The activity will break the class into 5 groups of 2-3 students. Each group will be given 1 ipad, 1 dash robot, and a stack of papers with the numbers 0-9 written on them. Each student will have a turn navigating the robot to trace the number that the rest of his team tells him to pull out of the stack. For example: the students not maneuvering dash will decide a number they want their teammate to find. That student will find the number, place it on the ground and trace the number using the GO app and dash.

This activity supports the learning of recognition and writing of numbers currently being taught in the classroom.
Recap written by Mrs. Yandell:
This was an awesome STEAM activity, which incorporated our kindergarten math standards on number recognition. In this activity we used large construction paper numbered 0-9, ipads/GO app, and our Dash smart robots.
In groups of four, each student was asked to find a specific number from 0-9 in the deck of cards, and they were instructed to turns using the robots to trace the number.  Each student was able to have at least four turns.  
This activity allowed our students to discover working well together as a team, as well as, how to encourage others.  

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