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What is Scratch?

Instead of rewriting the description here is an explination from the MIT creators

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Plain and simple Scratch is a space that allows for the creation of objects that allow students to show their own understanding with relation to logical thinking and abstract thought. The beauty of this is that it can allow students to be divergent in their thinking and even create projects that can eventually interact with the physical world. The biggest question of course is how does this fit into my curriculum? Well that depends first of all on what you teach, Scratch may be a programming language at its base but there are opportunities for students to show what they know using the software.

There are always different ways to look at creating projects. One is you could create an opportunity for Scratch to be central to a unit of study. Perhaps you are an English teacher and want your students to use Scratch to tell stories, perhaps you are a Math teacher and want your students to experience the use of logic within a real context, or perhaps you are a Technology teacher and want your students to build a game for others to experience.

All of these are possible with Scratch.

Another way to look at this is sharing with students Scratch in relation to their own showcasing of their learning. So as a Social Studies teacher perhaps I want students to show their understanding of the causes of World War One, perhaps I offer students the idea of using Scratch to show this. Perhaps I am a Science teacher and I want students to share their understanding of the different theories on the creation of the universe Scratch is a way they could share their own simulations.

The beauty of Scratch is you can create in depth opportunities to learn or simply offer students a different way to showcase their own understandings. The best part is it can be done for Free!

Why use Scratch with Students?

What things are possible?

There are many different ways that you can use Scratch to achieve your goals for student learning. At the most basic Scratch is a great tool to introduce computer science and programming concepts. However these aren't the only things that Scratch has been designed to do.

Mathematical concepts such as logic

Scratch is also a great platform for students to begin creating stories of their own, whether they are in the form of a traditional narrative or something that is a little different.

Creativity is

Telling stories and constructing narratives are thing

Starting with Scratch

Instead of re writing why not go here?

The Interface

What Can You Do with These 8 Blocks?

Drawing with Scratch

Story Telling with Scratch

Creating Games with Scratch

Scrolling Tutorial

Learning with Scratch

Being Social


Design Studios

Other Educators Around the World

Other Ideas

Other Scratch Ideas

Creating Simulations

Other Programming Ideas



Design Studio Activities


Things to Try to start with

Try some extras

Make your sprite Walk

Create a pattern

Add costumes

What Scratch projects can you make if you only use 8 different types of blocks (move, turn, say, think, set size, play sound, wait, when clicked)?

Interface of Scratch...

Blocks Programming area Stage vs. Sprite

Types of Movement

  • motion
  • looks
  • sound
  • pen
  • Control
  • sensing
  • numbers
  • variables


From Scratch
members follow along | how to sell weed
The Scratchbook
members go at their own pace
members work in pairs
Scratching for Seeds
members start with a | “weed” project
Scratch That, Rewind!
members undo a popular project
Scratch the Tape!
members remix a popular project

Taken from SIX WAYS TO SCRATCH THE SURFACE Prepared by Chris Hampson



• To have teachers begin to look at Scratch as a way to introduce students to logical thinking statements. • To engage teachers in a more open ended opportunity for learning • To begin to learn a program that allows for creativity and thinking

Things to engage teachers in • Creating Simple Games • Tell a short story • Draw and Animate • Program A Bot • Make Another One Better (need to find some programs to do this prior, also like the remix title in the original)

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