Sound Off

Learn to code both images and sounds to create a learning artifact students can wear!

Grades 3-12 60 min Resource by:

In this lesson, students take another step in creating code that they can wear! The Sound Off lesson shows students how to make the Code Cube™ display different images, except this time, they add sounds. After students complete this task, they are challenged to explore how they can apply their learning to ELA, SEL, math, and science activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to make the Code Cube make different sounds.
  • ELA: Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
  • SEL: Through social awareness, practice perspective taking.
  • Math: Fluently add and subtract within 1,000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Science: Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.

What You’ll Need



  • Computational thinking
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving

Let’s use the speakers in the Code Cube to produce unique sounds. Students can follow the sample code provided in the student pages and also plan out their design using the student worksheet. After they have completed the lesson, students can choose to further their coding prowess by completing the provided ELA, SEL, math, or science activities.

Lesson 5 Video

  • How does the placement of the sound block influence the final program?
  • Why did you pick the sounds you chose?
  • What sounds would you have liked to use if they were available?

For Students

  • Do you learn better by seeing or hearing things?
  • What are some sounds that represent activities happening around you?
  • What is the most annoying or pleasant sound you can think of?

For Teachers

Additional challenge activities are available for students who want to test out their newly acquired coding skills. If students feel like they need more coding experience before attempting a challenge activity, have them complete more lessons.