Showing posts with label Scratch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scratch. Show all posts

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hour of Code - Kindergarten activity - FREE lesson plans!

One of the largest road blocks to having K-5 teachers implement computer programming skills is TIME! I have often heard my teachers saying "I just can't add more more thing to the day."

That's why I think that the success of incorporating computer science skills INTO the curriculum is essential! Currently, I am looking at the CCSS and the learning progressions. Using Scratch (www.scratch.mit.edu) - a FREE website, I am working on creating lessons that are aligned to the CCSS in ELA and math.

Please feel free to use the FREE resources and worksheets for the Hour Of code week - December 9th thru December 15th!  The worksheets take the Kindergarten student through the process of creating a holiday card through various screen shots.

http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/14804494/#player

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Exposing K5'ers to Computer Programming

Working on creating more projects aligned to CCSS in math! This one is for K.CC.1 and allows students to count along from 1-100!


Click on the 'See inside' button and show the K5'ers what programming looks like.

Once inside you can select the sun ...


Then click on the middle pannel and 'Costumes' and 'Clear.'

Look at the blue highlighted sun above and just above it is an icon of the character to the left of the paint brush. This will allow your class to pick their own character or object to stamp on the page!

You can also change the sound if you want. 

Just select the middle number (highlighted in blue) and click on the 'Sound' scripts and replace the drum with another sound.

The K5'ers will love customizing their counting game and begin their exposure to computer programming and Coding for ALL!




Sunday, March 17, 2013

Lessons aligned to CCSS in math

Hi all...long weekend. I just wanted to post some of the lessons I have been working on. I have now created two CCSS math lessons aligned to 4th grade curriculum. It is quite time consuming to create the lessons, as each comes with a game that they play, download and then customize to make their own.

https://sites.google.com/a/stretchinstructor.com/k-8-programming-playground/lessons/ccss-math-in-action

Scratch Project

Stay tuned for more lessons and debugging exercises!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Creating a BASIC digital story-telling project with only 3 programming blocks!

Worked on the first lesson today and finally have it ready for you to use. I will continue adding lessons/worksheets/ rubrics/ instructional videos through the remainder of the year. Please keep checking the Blog, for updates.

Here is the video:



and the worksheets (including a teacher resource page, student worksheet AND rubric) can be found on the following website page:

https://sites.google.com/a/stretchinstructor.com/k-8-programming-playground/lessons/digital-storytelling/grades-K-2



If you decide to try this, please feel free to let us know how it goes by providing a comment to this post.



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Magnetism & Electricity Video Game

Video games can bring engagement through mastery of content. Bailey, a fourth grader who scored above an 80% on her pre-test for an up-coming unit on electricity and magnetism, decided to create a video game review for her classmates to use in preparation for their unit test.

Not only did Bailey increase her computational thinking skills, but she also scored a 100% on the post-test, as she had to know the content forward and backwards in order to create her game. Her classmates also found success in studying for their unit test, but evaluating and providing feedback to Bailey on the game she created.

When all was said and done, over 90% of the students received grades of 90% and above on their unit final. The lowest score was a 73%! Take a look at an up-close and personal interview with Bailey, as she shares her project and insights with you!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Getting Started...Install Scratch

Video tutorial on how to install Scratch on your computer and/or directions a network technology director will need in order to install on your server for ALL students to use.

https://sites.google.com/a/stretchinstructor.com/k-8-programming-playground/teacher-introduction