Subject: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Lesson Length: 15 - 20 mins

Topic: STEM; Coding

Grade Level: 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: In this lesson, students will demonstrate their knowledge of key coding vocabulary.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with some of the key coding vocabulary.

Hook: Read and discuss the sample comic. Can students identify the coding term being referred to?


  • Students will have a choice of key coding vocabulary words to define e.g., command, algorithm, loop, bug, debug.

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a three-panel comic featuring three vocabulary words of their choice. 

  • In each panel students can define the coding term, or phrase it as a question, like the sample comic.

Closure: Students will share their favorite word comic panel with a partner.


  • Provide key coding vocabulary with visuals. 

  • Use Think-Pair-Share strategy during whole group discussion.

  • Display three-panel comic expectations.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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