Learning Scratch Together
1 Hook: Brainstorm Arcade Games
Ask students to brainstorm arcade games that are simple and interactive (such as Pac Man). Teacher will record the responses in a shared Google Drive document.
2 Direct Instruction: Exploring Scratch Help
Direct Instruction - Show students the basic tools of Scratch that they will be using (see the link going to the cards). Use links to tutorials on the Scratch Help page. Show the first Scratch card and work through it, demonstrating to students how to do this.
Also, show a YouTube instructional video on how to do the first task...
3 Guided Practice: Adding Tutorials
Move on to the second card on the Scratch Help page. Have students do the second card while you show them how to do the second card.
Have students search for a YouTube instructional video that describes how to do the second task. Ask a student to share a YouTube video that demonstrates the second task. Have student add a link to the shared Google Doc. Tell the students that when they find a good YouTube tutorial, they can add it to the shared Google Doc with a heading and description of the video.
Search for a YouTube instructional video that describes how to do the second task in the list of cards on http://scratch.mit.edu/help/cards/.
Share a YouTube video that demonstrates the second task.
Add a link to the shared Google Doc. When you find a good YouTube tutorial, you can add it to the shared Google Doc with a heading and description of the video.
4 Independent Practice: Adding Tutorials
Ask students to continue working through the help cards on their own. They will continue to add information to the shared Google Doc.
Continue working through the Scratch Help cards, one by one, on your own. You will continue to search for YouTube videos that match the cards and post them on the shared Google Doc. Be sure to add a title and short description for each YouTube video.
After all the cards have been covered by most of the students, have everyone look at the shared Google Doc together, checking out a few of the videos. Ask why students found these specific videos helpful.
Remind students that they will access this page in the future when they begin their next Scratch activity, which will be to create an arcade game in Scratch.