Students in grade 3, 4 and 5 computer classes will explore Scratch programming as part of West Allegheny Business, Computer and Information, and Technology Curriculum Gr. K-5 which include the NETS standards for Creativity and Innovation. Students (will) demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students (will):
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.
"Scratch is a tile-based visual programming environment and toolkit, which lets kids make games, animated stories, interactive art, and share with others on the MIT Scratch site. " http://shallwelearn.com/blog/ (site that offers free lessons and tips on coding and technology)
From the Scratch homepage: http://scratch.mit.edu/ (when students are NOT logged on) they will:
Students are also encouraged to work at home and/or they can "Join Scratch" for free with their parent's permission and save and share their creations.
Below are a few helpful Scratch tutorials (may work better in Google Chrome or Firefox):
Lesson 1 - Scratch Basics 13 minutes
Lesson 2 - Sensing and Events - octopus & dragon 12 minutes
Lesson 3 - Sensing and Broadcasting - ghost eating candy 10 minutes
Lesson 4 - Scratch Target Game - (paper lesson with step by step directions)
Lessons 1-6 below were posted on youtube by Jessica Chiang.
- Drawing a sprite 3 minutes
- Animating a sprite 90 seconds
- Dance to the beat 90 seconds
- Interactions vs. Variables 90 seconds
- Get on Stage 6 minutes (music playing in backgroun turn off sound)
- Variables and Lists 20 minutes