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How Do Computer Programs Use Variables?

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How Do Computer Programs Use Variables?


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Computer programs use variables to store information.

Variables could be used to store the score in a game, the number of cars in a car park or the cost of items on a till. They work in a similar way to algebra, where a letter in your code can stand for a number.

Through informational text and video, students will explore many ways computers use variables.

Content Standard(s):
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 5
7) Identify variables.

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Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • identify variables in computing and other subject areas.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • variable
Students know:
  • a variable is a factor in a program or problem that is likely to change.
  • how to identify variables.
Students are able to:
  • identify variables.
Students understand that:
  • variables are a part of an algorithm or problem that are likely to change.
Tags: computing, gaming, variable
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Author: Aimee Bates