This lesson introduces students to the basics of creating animations using Scratch.
- Students will create personal Scratch accounts connected to their school email address. (In the past students needed to enter their parent's email address, but this is no longer required.)
- Students will learn how to create and modify basic animations in Scratch.
- Students will animate a scientific process, historical event, school-appropriate idea or other curricular concept using Scratch.
- Insure the Scratch website (scratch.mit.edu) is accessible from the computers students will use.
- Create (if you have not already) a teacher Scratch account.
- Familiarize yourself with basic Scratch project types and programming blocks.
- Obtain parent email addresses from your School Information System in case students do not know them or need to verify spelling.
- If desired, create your OWN galleries of Scratch projects like the ones we're using on Day 2 below.
- Help students create Scratch accounts. Their userIDs must be unique across the "Scratch universe," so they may need to add numbers. Require students to use their accurate / true birth year, as well as parent email address.
- Show students how to view and use SCRATCH ANIMATION TUTORIALS. After clicking CREATE - choose TUTORIALS - ANIMATION.
- Provide time and support for students to experiment with different blocks and create different types of animations. Consider starting with the MAKE IT FLY.
- Challenge students to "select a concept, historical event or idea from another class which can be animated or made interactive"
- Use Scratch animation blocks and strategies to create an original animation.
- Ask students to add their projects to the "Casady MD Original Projects 2019-20 Scratch Studio" Scratch gallery (or another created by their teacher/you)
- If students find an inspiring project, ask them to add it to the "Casady MD Inspiring Cloned Projects 2019-20" Scratch gallery (or another created by their teacher/you)
- Ask students to create a "show and tell" short screencast (less than 60 seconds) demonstrating / playing their animation.
- Share the screencast video on Seesaw.
More Scratch Resources are available on: