• CS Discoveries Express                         

    6thGrade Syllabus

    Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School

    Ms. Elizabeth Barbour


    (276) 647-3841

    Course Description:

    Computer Science Discoveries Express is a 9-week exploratory course designed to teach students the foundational concepts of programming using drag and drop blocks rather than a programming language. Students will create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. Students will also study programming concepts, computational thinking, and digital citizenship.

    • Unit 1: Block Programming, Sequencing, and Algorithms
    • Unit 2: Loops, Conditionals, and Functions
    • Unit 3: Digital Citizenship

    Course Objectives:

           Problem Solving

    • Use a structured problem-solving process to help address new problems
    • View challenges as solvable problems
    • Break down larger problems into smaller components


    • Expect and value mistakes as a natural and productive part of problem solving
    • Continue working towards solutions in spite of setbacks
    • Iterate and continue to improve partial solutions


    • Incorporate personal interests and ideas into activities and projects
    • Experiment with new ideas and consider multiple approaches
    • Extend or build upon the ideas and projects of others


    • Work with others to develop solutions that incorporate all contributions
    • Mediate disagreements and help classmates agree on a common solution
    • Actively contribute to the success of group projects

    Supplies Needed:

    • Pencil/Pen
    • Folder/Notebook paper
    • Earbuds/headphones (optional)

     Grading Policy:

    Students will be graded on their level of participation, communication, and completion of assignments. Weekly assignments will be due each Friday. A grade of zero will be assigned to students who haven’t completed assignments or communicated with the teacher.  All assignments and related content will be accessed through CANVAS.

                      A          B            C          D         F
                 100-90   89-80   79-70   69-60   59-0

    Student Expectations:

    • Check-in using Zoom weekly and turn in all completed assignments
    • Students are encouraged to check-in at least once per week and anytime they need assistance
    • Request help if needed/schedule individual help sessions
    • Be respectful in all forms of communication, ex. Email/Zoom

    Zoom/Class Schedule:


    Date & Time


    7th Grade/1st Exploratory   (1st period)

    8:30-9:00  Monday/Wednesday

    7th Grade/2nd Exploratory  (2nd period)

    9:05-9:35  Tuesday/Thursday


    6th Grade/1st Exploratory   (3rd period)

    11:50-12:20 Monday/Wednesday

    6th Grade/2nd Exploratory  (4th period)

    12:25-12:55 Tuesday/Thursday


    8th Grade/1st Exploratory   (5th period)

    1:20-1:50 Monday/Wednesday

    8th Grade/2nd Exploratory  (6th period)

    1:55-2:25 Tuesday/Thursday


    All Grades/Individual Help Sessions

    By appointment only/Friday

    • Students not available to meet during their designated time should email me to set up an appointment.
    • Individual help sessions will be available during the week and on Friday’s by appointment only. Please email me to set up a time.
    • Links for all Zoom meetings will be posted in CANVAS.