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Imagine a World Lesson - Educator Guide

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  • This resource is a lesson plan for teaching students basic coding skills using an interactive website and a theme about making the world a better place.
  • Students can focus their project on social or environmental issues they've learned about or something else that is important to them. 
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  • This resource provides a step-by-step guide to facilitating a lesson where students imagine a world where something is better, then code to create a visual of that world.
  • This lesson plan is individualized, engaging, and includes many opportunities for differentiation. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The "Image a World" lesson begins on page five of the PDF, and ends on page eight. 
  • Students should be comfortable and responsible working on a computer.
  • The interactive tutorial is located here for this project and you can get more information and sign in for additional resources here.


  • This lesson could be utilized in any class that uses computers to enhance learning about a topic that would make the world a better place. 
  • This activity would make a great culminating project for students who have learned about any topics related to climate and how they impact humans. Students could use their learning to imagine a world where those impacts are non-existent.
  • As an extension, students could present their findings to their classmates or publish them on a site for others to view. 
Scientist Notes
This is a tool kit designed to enable students collaborate and create an ideal and sustainable world. All the sources have been rigorously fact-checked and this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
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