How to Code a Sandcastle Activities

From practicing writing prowess with our creative crafts to narrating a coded story, imaginations will fire on all cylinders with How to Code a Sandcastle activities. And for the tech-savvy kiddos, we even have online games that help practice coding skills, ensuring the fun doesn’t stop at the last page. So, gear up for a summer filled with sun, sand, and sensational storytelling with Novel Effect!

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54 pages

Grades 1-5


Whisk off those flip-flops and dive into an ocean of fun with How to Code a Sandcastle activities! Whether you’re packing for the beach, playing in the backyard, or relaxing in the air conditioning, these summer activities are perfect. These activities are designed by educators to teach vocabulary and story elements. There are even activities that combine literacy and STEM – sequence the steps to build a sandcastle and become the master of your sandy domain. 

But what’s sandy summer fun without play? Learners will flex their fine and gross motor skills! They’ll shake a leg by coding a path. Plus, they’ll color and cut to keep their brains active! The story isn’t over when you finish the book; it’s just beginning!

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • design a sandcastle.
  • manipulate and build words.
  • explore story vocabulary by matching and writing.
  • write about the problem/solution and cause/effect.
  • sequence how to build a sandcastle.
  • respond to writing prompts.
  • participate in a movement activity: code your path.
  • apply fine motor skills: coloring and cutting.
  • practice discussion skills: discussion prompts included.
  • practice writing skills: writing prompt and writing craft included.
  • code a story.
  • practice coding skills with online games.

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills.

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About the Book

Pearl has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle, but so many obstacles keep getting in the way! Pearl teams up with robot friend Pascal to use coding to get the job done. They use sequences and loops to break down the problem of building a sandcastle. Using small manageable steps, what was once a disaster turns into the best beach day ever!

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