In this Grade K unit, Computers All Around Us, the goal of the instruction is that young students build a concept of what makes something a computer and how we use computer devices in our daily lives.
The key question guiding the unit is: What are computers and where can we find them?
Students think about how tools and devices can be helpful for completing tasks. Most students, from everyday experience, can differentiate devices that need a power source from those that do not. Within the class of devices that need a power source, students can form a further classification of electronic devices—ones that do something with information that is put into the device. Upon recognizing input-processing-output characteristics of devices, students can also begin to classify and use devices for different purposes, including playing games, communicating, and doing schoolwork.