The Coordinate Grid w/Scratch

3rd graders have to learn a new math concept for their Game Design studies with Scratch: the coordinate grid. Since game controls require students to have knowledge of the X & Y positions of their sprites, we had a lesson in the grid and did a group activity on the SmartBoard.

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Then the 3rd graders did an exercise out of their Programmer’s Notebooks that let them experience using keyboard commands to control the movement of their sprites.

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Things are really starting to click now that they can control their sprites motion, and students are now generating ideas about how to use Scratch for making video games.

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