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Curriculum and Teacher Materials

Curriculum and Teacher Materials to Ensure KIBO Success

When you make the commitment to purchase KIBO for your young learners, we want to ensure you’re successful bringing robotics into your classroom.

The KIBO Curriculum integrates:

– Computational thinking (Programming)
– The Engineering Design Process (Building)
– Integration component (Curricular Theme)

Our comprehensive set of curriculum materials supports you in every way. You’ll get easy to implement lesson plans and fun play-based activities to introduce KIBO and build students’ basic engineering and programming skills; but you’ll also get support in integrating robotics into your classroom with a wide range of cross-curricular connections to literacy, community, dance, science, and more! We are offer various Professional Development, including training, lesson plan development and curriculum integration.

Core Curriculum

Growing with KIBO Book Image60 sequenced hours of standards-aligned lesson plans

Our comprehensive, research-based curriculum guide, “Growing with KIBO – A Robotics Curriculum for Pre-K to 2nd Grade” was designed to support early elementary classrooms with a complete, sequenced STEAM curriculum covering robotics, coding, and computational thinking – in addition to providing opportunities for integrating these topics with arts and literacy activities. This curriculum guide provides educators of young learners with 60 sequenced hours of standards-aligned lesson plans in robotics, coding, and computational thinking.

Curriculum Book ImageTo help you get started right away

Our comprehensive, research-based curriculum guide, “Creating with KIBO“, offers 20-40 hours of curriculum for PreK – 2nd grade classrooms. Detailed lesson plans get teachers up and running quickly to introduce coding, robotics, and engineering concepts with KIBO. An open-ended framework for a final project invites integration with other classroom projects. The curriculum is aligned with Common Core standards, the CSK12 framework and state CS standards.

KIBO Activity Center Guidebook

Create an activity center and makerspace

For teachers implementing an activity centers-based classroom, library, or makerspace, the KIBO Activity Center Guide provides 10 lessons for student-directed, discovery-based learning experiences. The guide includes suggestions for setup of a KIBO center including supplies and layout, advice for facilitating activities, and 10 complete lesson plans addressing cross-curricular connections and academic standards.

Maps, Measurement, and Make-Believe! (PDF)

Free! Floor map activities for KIBO

The “Maps, Measurement, and Make-Believe – An Introduction to Floor-Map Activities” guide offers 8 activities using floor maps to address learning standards in math, ELA/literacy, science, social studies, and design when using KIBO. Floor map activities get kids moving and collaborating in physical space – enhancing the strengths of using KIBO in the classroom.

Ask and Imagine

Explore advanced programming ideas

With the Advanced Coding Extension Set, children can continue their exploration into even more sophisticated concepts: modularity and reusability with subroutines, complex conditional behavior, and randomness. In Ask and Imagine, students will design their own dance routines for KIBO, navigate KIBO along branching roads, and teach KIBO to play games. Ask and Imagine provides 6 – 8 hours of new KIBO activities based on the KIBO Advanced Coding Extension Set.

Showtime with KIBO!

Integrate sound performance

With the KIBO Sound Record/Playback Module, students record their own voice and KIBO plays back their recording to give their robot sound. This “Showtime with KIBO!” Guide provides curriculum where students can create bilingual translating robots; use their robots as a tour guide to show off their favorite cities; and perform a variety show incorporating song, dance, and more.

Make Learning Visible!

Enhance KIBO’s drawing creations

The KIBO Marker Extension Set enables KIBO to draw as it moves, based on the child’s programming sequence. The “Make Learning Visible!” Guide delves into engineering, mathematics, literacy, and art. Curriculum examples include programming KIBO to draw shapes and letters, create abstract artworks, and estimate distances by measuring the lines KIBO draws as it explores a cardboard town.

Build it Better!

Guide to KIBO building and design

With the KIBO Building Brick Extension Set, students can build onto their KIBO by using the world’s most popular building bricks, including LEGO®. The “Build it Better!” Guide provides engineering and architecture ideas for students to use LEGO-compatible building bricks. They can create and program robotic pets, build dream houses, and invent their own solutions to problems in favorite storybooks.

Express Yourself!

Your guide for enhanced expression

The KIBO Expression Module supports a variety of literacy activities and allows children to transform KIBO with drawings, flags, and other decorations. The “Express Yourself!” Guide provides art, literacy, and social studies ideas and activities. Students can create interactive book reports using the whiteboard, explore other countries and decorate their flags for a robotic world parade, and create interactive self-portraits.

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Activity Cards

Get the excitement going with these activities

This set of 11 unique activity cards helps introduce teachers, parents, and students to each of the components of KIBO robotics and to engage children in fun learning challenges.

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KIBO Says – Class Programming Game

Let’s have some fun with KIBO

Learn KIBO’s coding language through engaging unplugged play! Our “KIBO Says” game is a collection of oversized cards with images of KIBO’s programming icons. As they play “KIBO Says,” students learn KIBO’s programming language by acting out KIBO’s movements, sounds, and other commands themselves. KIBO can even scan the game cards, just like the blocks.

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KIBO and Engineering Design Process Poster

Bright, colorful reminders of core concepts

These classroom posters help teachers introduce KIBO concepts with big, colorful graphics. “Meet KIBO” explains all of KIBO’s parts, while the “Engineering Design Process” reminds the student of the steps to follow in their creative construction, revision, and sharing.

The below materials are best to purchase one per student as they monitor growth and overall knowledge of KIBO.

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Assessment Workbooks

Time to see what the kids know about their robot

These Assessment Workbooks help teachers evaluate student learning with KIBO with a focus on programming and robotics concepts and the engineering design process. These assessments, in the form of fun story problems with stickers that children need to solve, help teachers address student learning and outcomes. (Recommended: one workbook per student.)

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Engineering Design Journals

The easy way to learn engineering design processes

Our Engineering Design Journals help students make their own learning visible by documenting their planning, revision, and testing. Students sketch their imagined constructions, plan their programs, and record the challenges and solutions they discover. The Engineering Design Journal guides students through the Engineering Design Process while encouraging reflection and sharing. (Recommended: one journal per student.)

Teaching Materials Package

Need it all?

We are also happy to offer a Teaching Material Package that provides all the materials above in one complete package to help get your started.

Need More Resources?

Learn from your fellow educators

Be sure to check out our Resources site to learn more about what other educators are doing with KIBO in their classrooms. We would love to hear from you too! Submit you own resources today!

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