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Imagine a World Lesson - Educator Guide

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  • This resource is a lesson plan for teaching students basic coding skills using an interactive website and a theme about making the world a better place.
  • Students can focus their project on social or environmental issues they've learned about or something else that is important to them. 
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  • This resource provides a step-by-step guide to facilitating a lesson where students imagine a world where something is better, then code to create a visual of that world.
  • This lesson plan is individualized, engaging, and includes many opportunities for differentiation. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The "Image a World" lesson begins on page five of the PDF, and ends on page eight. 
  • Students should be comfortable and responsible working on a computer.
  • The interactive tutorial is located here for this project and you can get more information and sign in for additional resources here.


  • This lesson could be utilized in any class that uses computers to enhance learning about a topic that would make the world a better place. 
  • This activity would make a great culminating project for students who have learned about any topics related to climate and how they impact humans. Students could use their learning to imagine a world where those impacts are non-existent.
  • As an extension, students could present their findings to their classmates or publish them on a site for others to view. 
Scientist Notes
This is a tool kit designed to enable students collaborate and create an ideal and sustainable world. All the sources have been rigorously fact-checked and this resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with peers on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, qualitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
  • Science
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
      • HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
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