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Jack-o'-Lantern Carving in Scratch (Halloween Block-Based Coding Class)

Elizabeth Houston, M.Ed.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Students code a jack-o'-lantern (Halloween pumpkin) simulator that allows them to “carve” the pumpkin with their mouse.

Class experience

Students will learn how to use pen blocks to carve (draw) with their mouse.
Students will create a project that simulates carving a pumpkin using pen blocks.
I have a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology from the University of Florida in addition to a graduate certificate in K-12 Computer Science Education from the University of California San Diego. I have taught computer science and ICT to students from preschool to grade 12 in the U.S. and in the international school system. I have been using Scratch with students for many years to teach block-based coding.
PLEASE READ: Technology Required-

Either (1) A second device with a screen (i.e. a tablet for the Outschool Zoom class and a laptop for Scratch) OR (2) The ability to view 2 windows/apps at the same time on one screen (i.e. Zoom on the left half of the screen and Scratch on the right half of the screen so students aren't switching between tabs and away from the class.)

Students should already have an account on Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/) before our class meeting. Make sure students are logged in and know their password to access Scratch during the lesson. Please contact me if you need any assistance creating a Scratch account.

The project template for this class can be found here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/194600796/#player 
The jack-o'-lantern is ready to be coded by your programmer!

Note: If students wish to add music or sound effects to their programs during class, headphones/headsets are required to make sure other students are not disturbed.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
This class uses the Scratch coding website. You can read their privacy policy here: https://scratch.mit.edu/privacy_policy

***IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY NOTE: If students choose to code their own project, which is absolutely encouraged in this one-time class, they must create a Scratch account before our class meeting, and they should be logged into Scratch in a separate window (split screen view- not just a different tab) OR on a separate device from the device used to join the Outschool class. If you are unsure about how your child can be an active participant in the Outschool Zoom class while also having access to Scratch, please message me 1+ day before class so I can provide extra guidance. 

The introduction video about the history of jack-o'-lanterns is animated and is designed to set the mood for a Halloween-themed coding class. You may preview the video here: https://www.youtubekids.com/watch?v=n1uqaJMXt9M
I will share my screen demonstrating with my own Scratch account on https://scratch.mit.edu/ along with Google Slides that break down the steps with words and images.

YouTube Kids video: Who Invented Jack-o'-lanterns? https://www.youtubekids.com/watch?v=n1uqaJMXt9M

The idea, original lesson plan, and Scratch template are freely available on BootUp PD: https://bootuppd.org/ 
Students will not access this site independently during class time.

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
👋 Nice to meet you! I'm Elizabeth Houston, or Teacher Liz.

🌎 I have been teaching in the U.S., South Korea, Taiwan, and online for 15 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

👩‍🎓 I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and... 
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per class
Meets once
50 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-11
1-4 learners per class

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