Dash & Dot: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Gr. 1-6)


We all react to events that happen around us, be it cheering when the school team wins, crying at a sad movie, or dancing when we hear music. In this lesson, students will learn how to teach Dash and Dot to respond to events that happen around them!


  • Learn the process by which living creatures sense, process, and react to information
  • Connect the sensors on robots to human senses
  • Connect computer programs to the way the brain handles information, and learn that those programs are called "event handlers."
  • Write a short story involving a descriptive flow of events
  • Write a blocky program involving events and event handling

Educational Standards


  • Grade 1 - Science, Needs and Characteristics of Living Things (ULS), Animal Characteristics, Animal Senses, Language, Writing, Oral Communication
  • Grade 2 - Science, Growth and Changes in Animals (ULS), Adaptations and Physical Characteristics of Animals, Language, Writing, Oral Communication

British Columbia

  • Grade 4 - Science, Plant and Animal Senses, ADST


  • Grade 4 - ELA, Creating Text, Arts, Drama, Storytelling, ICT, Foundational Operations, Knowledge and Concepts

Lesson Procedure

  • Class 1: Senses and sensors (30 minutes)
  • Class 2: Event Handing with dash and dot (30 - 40 minutes)
  • Class 3: Class Presentations (20 - 30 minutes)


Robots and Accessories

Other Supplies

  • Senses and Events Presentation
  • Computer an with an projector for presentation
  • Boxes of senses (complied from classroom objects)
  • Brain Event Handling Sheet
  • Tablets - (See Compatible Devices)

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