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STEM Lesson Series Lesson 7: Coding with Scratch & Scratch Jr



For Grades: K-6

Step 1 - Introduction

10min

Lesson Overview

Code is EVERYWHERE! It’s a way to communicate with a computer and give it instructions. There are many coding languages, just like there are many languages that people speak throughout the world. A computer programmer uses a coding language to give simple but specific steps that a computer can follow. You can also put a lot of simple steps together to create a complex program. If you want to build a game, you need to write the code to tell each character or item in your game what to do! Today we will use Scratch or Scratch JR to code computer games.

Step 2 - Learn More

1min
For Grades K-2

BBC Learning - What is Coding?

(1min) A quick video to review what coding is!

Step 3 - Your Project

30-60min
For Grades K-2

Project Tutorial

Have an adult help you download the Scratch JR App on a Apple, Android, or Chrome device. Visit Scratchjr.org page with links to each app store. It’s FREE and will always be free. (Hey parents! No in-app purchases either…) 

  • Watch our quick tutorial video above. It goes FAST but it will give you an idea of how Scratch JR works.
  • You can watch it again and pause to try the same code as Ms. W OR explore and create your own project!
For Grades 3-6

Project Tutorial

Ask for permission first! Have an adult help you. Visit https://scratch.mit.edu/ It’s FREE and will always be free.

  • Watch our tutorial video above. It will give you an idea of how Scratch works.
  • You can watch it again and pause to try the same code as Ms. W OR explore and create your own project!

Step 4 - Share

10min
For All Grades

Share with someone you love!

Share your awesome game with a family member! Show them the code and how it works! If you want, share a screenshot or video with Nerding! We love you!

Step 5 - Go Deeper

1,000,000min
For Grades k-2

Research!

Talk with your parent(s) and family members, about coding and see what they know! Do some additional research on this topic with the help of an adult. 

For Grades 3-6

Research!

Talk with your parent(s) and family members, about coding and see what they know! Do some additional research on this topic on your own.

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