Scratch Coding Project Ideas

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Are you using Scratch coding software in your classroom? The projects listed here are creative, collaborative projects that will engage your students in showing what they have learned during your Scratch coding unit.

Why Scratch Coding Projects

Computers are our present and our future. Almost everything we use on a daily basis has some type of computing system in it. If children do not learn how computers work and how to program them, they may find it difficult to find employment as an adult.

The Scratch coding system is a great program to help young people begin to learn about coding and how to use coding to create great computer programs.

The projects offered here will allow your middle school students to showcase their coding skills using Scratch.

Mock Up Board

This project will allow your students to make a teaching tool for Scratch without having to have a computer.

Materials

  • Poster paper
  • Construction paper
  • Art supplies (scissors, tape, markers, etc.)
  • Velcro strips (or other removable sticking product)

Instructions

  • Divide your class into small groups (2-3 people).
  • Instruct each group to design an interactive teaching tool to teach others how to use Scratch. They will need to:
    • Show all the common command icons
    • Display a typical screen so that learners get used to the imagery of Scratch
    • Incorporate enough interactivity that a learner could use the tool to simulate a true program
  • You might need to offer a suggestion such as:
    • Draw a normal Scratch screen on the poster paper.
    • Use the construction paper to make the command icons.
    • Make sure to incorporate movability into the icons.
  • Instruct your students to write a short instruction manual to go along with their interactive Scratch teaching tool.

Extension

  • Allow class time for the groups to present their projects to the class. They will need to:
    • Discuss the aspects of Scratch which their tool covers and,
    • Show how their interactive tool works

Read To Me

Creating in Scratch is a great way to show mastery of the program.

Materials

  • Access to Scratch software and a device

Instructions

  • Instruct your students to create an interactive book in Scratch.
  • Give your students these parameters:
    • The book must include colored pictures.
    • The book must be at least 10 pages in length.
    • The book must include simple animation (such as a fish swimming across the page in a fish story).
    • The book must be interactive in some way; like pages turning only after a button is clicked.
  • Allow students to write their own stories or adapt a known story. If students adapt a known story, remind them to properly cite their source.
  • Allow class time for students to enjoy each other's stories.

Alternatives and Extensions

  • As an extension, have students write down the commands used to make the most impressive aspect of their story program and present this to the class.
  • Allow students to work in pairs if appropriate.

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