Overview

This lesson introduces students to the basics of creating animations using Scratch.

Goals

  1. Students will create personal Scratch accounts connected to their parent's email address.
  2. Students will learn how to create and modify basic animations in Scratch.
  3. Students will animate a scientific process, historical event, or other curricular concept using Scratch.

Preparation

  1. Insure the Scratch website is accessible from the computers students will use.
  2. Create (if you have not already) a teacher Scratch account.
  3. Familiarize yourself with basic Scratch project types and programming blocks.
  4. Obtain parent email addresses from your School Information System in case students do not know them or need to verify spelling.

Procedures

Day 1

  1. 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.
  2. Show students how to view and use SCRATCH ANIMATION TUTORIALS. After clicking CREATE - choose TUTORIALS - ANIMATION.
  3. Provide time and support for students to experiment with different blocks and create different types of animations. Consider starting with the MAKE IT FLY.

Extensions

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