Lesson Objectives –
What: Find out how Scratch scripts work
How: Telling bad jokes
Why: Get used to using sequences of instructions
Either on paper, whiteboards or a text editor, students write down their favourite joke. [Learning Checkpoint – can students write in a sequence]
Share a few jokes, focus on the sequential nature of the telling.
Explain that we are going to turn our favourite joke into an animation. It might be worth making it a competition to see who can make an animation about the worst joke.
There is an online text assignment so students can type up their chosen joke in advance (planning, avoids arguments later on about the wording, gets it written down while it is in the student’s mind). [Learning Checkpoint]
Demonstrate how to delete and add sprites, then add a script – focussing on the script as a sequence of instructions (no interaction in this lesson). First video tutorial takes the students through this, or simply demo on the whiteboard.
Once that is done, demonstrate how to rotate the sprites, lock the rotation, change the size and add a background. Second video tutorial takes the students through this, or simply demo on the whiteboard.
Finally, demonstrate how to add movement (I would recommend avoiding changing costumes at this stage) to make it into a full animation.
Upload the finished work to the VLE. [Learning Checkpoint]
Q&A to assess awareness of key terms – animation, sprite, script, sequence.
Sonic game – describe the sequence that one of the enemies uses.