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.

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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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