Artificial Intelligence: Creative Problem Solving At Its Best!

Lisa Ashworth, Fifth Grade, Barringer Academic Center

Final Unit (PDF)  Implementing Common Core Standards (PDF)


This artificial intelligence curriculum unit is designed to be taught over a
quarter or nine weeks of a school year. The classroom activities are not conducted
consecutively, but they are dispersed amongst four subject areas over the quarter. This
unit will be taught during the first half of the school year, and it is used as a complement
to middle school mathematics, language arts, and social studies courses that are taught in
sixth, seventh and eighth grade classrooms in North Carolina. Many schools have access
to a variety of technology devices from laptops to tablets to desktop computers. This
unit will utilize technology to examine aspects of machine learning through
experimenting with computer programs, researching the history of artificial intelligence
and encountering class discussions concerning artificial intelligence. By combining math,
social studies, and language arts instruction with activities computer science, students
will have a better opportunity for grasping complex concepts involved in artificial
intelligence and how it is used in the real world. By showing students how math and
linguistic concepts such as probability, language translation, and algorithms are used in
computer programming, students will have fun learning about artificial intelligence while
gaining a better understanding of math and language arts are connected to computer
programming. The curriculum in my classroom is closely tied to sixth, seventh, and
eighth grade common core standards.