Lesson Overview
Using Boolean operators, students will write code that compares values to make logical decisions.
Lesson Objectives
Students will:
Use Boolean operators to compare values.
Apply Boolean logic, such as AND, OR, and NOT, to compose complex Boolean comparisons.
Anchor Standard
Common Core Math Standards
- 7.EE.4: Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.
Additional standards alignment can be found at the end of this lesson
Teaching Guide
Materials, Resources, and Prep
For the Teacher
Getting Started
1) Introduction
Creating some sample boolean expressions - both simple and complex - is an excellent warm-up activity before the puzzle stages. Some examples have been included in the slide deck. The slide deck also has extra practice related to expressions that the students will have seen in the puzzles.
Activity: Boolean Operators
2) Online Puzzles
Head to CS in Algebra stage 14 in Code Studio to get started programming.
Standards Alignment
Common Core Math Standards
- 5.OA.1 - Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
- 5.OA.2 - Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” as 2 × (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 × (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.
- 6.NS.8 - Solve real-world and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Include use of coordinates and absolute value to find distances between points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate.
- 6.EE.9 - Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation. For example, in a problem involving motion at constant speed, list and graph ordered pairs of distances and times, and write the equation d = 65t to represent the relationship between distance and time.
- 7.EE.4 - Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.
- 8.F.1 - Understand that a function is a rule that assigns to each input exactly one output. The graph of a function is the set of ordered pairs consisting of an input and the corresponding output.1
- 8.F.2 - Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way (algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions). For example, given a linear function represented by a table of values and a linear function represented by an algebraic expression, determine which function has the greater rate of change.
Common Core Math Practices
- MP.1 - Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- MP.2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- MP.3 - Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- MP.4 - Model with mathematics.
- MP.5 - Use appropriate tools strategically.
- MP.6 - Attend to precision.
- MP.7 - Look for and make use of structure.
- MP.8 - Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.