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:

  1. "See Examples" explore and duplicate examples

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.