SCRATCH with Second Graders
Type of technology: Computer
SAMR Model Rating:Modification
Subject area: Geometry/Programming Language
As teachers, aren’t we always multi-tasking? Well, Scratch, a programming language, gave my second graders an opportunity to enter the world of coding. And code to reinforce lessons learned. The lesson was accomplished in one computer lab time and my first experience with this program. I have just begun to “scratch” the surface with this and am excited to see where I can take it.
The assignment was to program the computer to draw a square. Each command had to be logically given and students had to think about how many sides, 90 degree angles, direction to turn, etc. After they successfully drew a square, a challenge assignment of a hexagon was completed by almost every student. Different angles, different sides. At the end, they added color, sound, number of reputations, changed the background color, and more, as we explored the new program.The success rate for my class of second graders was amazingly high! The class was giddy with excitement as they watched their first program.
This was my first experience with Scratch. I din’t even really know what “coding” entailed. However, I can see so many ways to use the program to tell create stories, present, research, and more.
Coding to learn was fun. The math standard of reasoning with shapes and their attributes was explored and reinforced. Yay! Check that off the standards list for their first lesson. But, learning to code was empowering to my class. The class was excited to learn the “mysteries of coding.” They were unafraid, excited, and proud to learn. Me, too. Off we go into an important part of literacy in today’s society.
Click on the picture to see the code video we made.