3rd and 5th grade worked with Scratch to build games, mazes, and videos. Scratch is a programming tool that was developed at MIT and shared freely to get kids excited about coding. Here is more information about that https://scratch.mit.edu/ and you can use it from any computer with internet access. All 5th grade students have set up an account there and they can log on and show you their projects. Third graders used the Scratch app on the ipads to create their projects. This app is also free. Have them show you how to use it! If your students are looking for something to keep them busy over spring break or any weekend, encourage them to play with Scratch. The more they tinker, the more they learn! We ended the unit with a showcase where students either showed their projects on the overhead or they walked around and toured each other's project. Some left notes of how much they enjoyed playing with their friends' projects.
Third graders used Scratch Jr. on the ipads to complete this programming project. They were paired together and decided what kind of story they wanted to make. They created their own characters; programmed them to move, talk, and change; and then brought it all together as a story. This app is free and is an extension of the web based version, Scratch. It's a great introductory lesson on how to use programming blocks to make a story. They will continue their work in Scratch over the next two years as they use the web based version to make more elaborate stories, video games, and mazes. Feel free to let them loose on it at home though! You will be amazed what they are able to do!
Fifth graders used either Scratch or Scratch Jr. to create their projects. They told stories using Scratch Jr. and created games and mazes using the web based Scratch. They ended the project with a show off day where they all played each others' games. It was really fun! They can show you their web based projects by logging on with any computer.