Video Game / Jerry Lawson Craft & Coding Activity: One Page Craft & Writing Prompt



Need a no prep STEM craft or one-page craft for the computer lab? This cute “Video Game” themed themed Code a Craft is easy, engaging, and exposes elementary students to beginning coding concepts and domain-specific technology vocabulary, too!

Students will read a poem about Jerry Lawson and his contributions to the first video game systems and follow the “code” to create the themed craft. Perfect for a tech-themed bulletin board in the computer lab or classroom for Black History Month or any time of year!

This is an unplugged, printable, craft – no coding or tech needed!

What’s Included:

  • 1 page printable with all craft pieces for students to color, cut & assemble
  • 1 student direction page with directions written in a block code style
  • 1 poem featuring coding & tech vocabulary
  • 1 writing prompt
  • 1 page of vocabulary words with definitions

How Does it Work?

  1. Students read* the “code” direction page to color, cut, and assemble their craft.
  2. An example of the craft is right on the page for students to reference.
  3. Students glue their craft to the poem sheet, read the poem, and highlight the technology words in the poem.
  4. Students complete the writing prompt.

Teaching Multiple Grade Levels? Easy to Differentiate:

  • Kindergarten: Teacher reads poem and directions, students complete craft
  • Grades 1-2: Teacher reads poem and directions, student completes craft & writing prompt
  • Grades 3-4: Students independently read poem, highlight tech vocab words, the complete craft & writing prompt.

Tech Vocab Featured in The Poem:

(with student-friendly definitions included):

  • bit
  • video game
  • console
  • microprocessor
  • 8-bit
  • joystick
  • cartridges
  • Atari

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