Coding with Scratch: animate a name project

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We created this resource to be used in conjunction with https://scratch.mit.edu . In our classroom, we use the site to teach block coding. The checklist acts as a guide for the students to follow as they are working through the tutorials. We have the students work from left to right across each row before moving down to the next row. This way the tutorials are in an order that makes sense for learning. (You can’t learn to animate a sprite until you have learned to add a sprite!)

The culminating assignment is the Animate a Name tutorial. Students are asked to use the coding techniques they learned from the tutorials to animate at least six letters in their name (first, last, nickname, etc.) Following the Engineering Design Process, students will brainstorm different animations to assign to each letter. These ideas can be listed on their recording sheet. We ask them to use varied animations so that they can “show what they know. “

We always hand out the Animate a Name Rubric before the students begin creating

their animations. Reviewing expectations helps focus the students on completing the

assignment with the end result in mind. It clarifies the project for them

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