TechnoWhiz

Item Number: PRI-WHIZ

Description:
FUN-FILLED INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING: Invite curious young minds to become programming whiz kids using Scratch Jr. The step-by-step lessons introduce coding basics to primary and elementary students in Grades 1-3. Activities have students animate silly scenes, feed a pet monster, explore a magical land, invent a far away planet, and more!

BUILD SIMPLE SCRIPTS AND LOOPS: Develop computational thinking skills in a meaningful way. Learn how to sequence command blocks to control the action of characters. Build animations, collages, and games.

CODING LESSON PLANS FOR BEGINNERS: TechnoWhiz includes a digital Teacher Guide and Student Workbook with easy to follow instructions. Worksheets may be printed or used in PDF format. Resources include offline coding exercises, assessment tools, videos, and Scratch Jr flashcards.

INTEGRATE CODING INTO CURRICULUM: Teach a multidisciplinary unit. Engage in visual storytelling by designing exciting scenes with characters, setting, and plot. Apply mapping skills by giving directions to move an object from one point to another. Strengthen mathematical reasoning.

DOWNLOAD SCRATCH JR FOR FREE: Scratch Jr is a computer programming language that runs on iPads, Android tablets, and Chromebooks.

Technology Integration: Computer Science, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Visual Arts

Technology Skill: Animation, Programming

Program: Scratch Jr


Session 1: Become a Whiz Kid

Students become programming whiz kids. Their first assignment is to sequence a series of tasks to learn about the job of a programmer. Next, they open Scratch Jr to investigate the function of many of the tools. By adding Motion blocks to the programming area, they learn how to code a character's movement. Next, they connect blocks together to form a script that sequences actions. Finally, students cause the script to loop. At the end of the session, they combine their coding skills to create a silly scene. It comes to life by combining a colorful background with moving characters.

Session 2: Count and Code

The programming whiz kids take the Counting Challenge. They learn to direct how many steps a character moves to reach a goal. To start, they solve puzzles to help the cat eat the cake, the dog get the ball, and the horse reach the barn. Next, they explore how to edit the Motion coding blocks to set the number of steps. Once they have mastered this skill, students build scripts to help characters get home. Can they do it?

Session 3: Create a Pet Monster Game

The programming whiz kids design a game. They build code that has a player feed a pet monster. To start, they create an opening sequence to attract attention. It has the character talk, grow, shrink, and blink. The action is controlled using the Wait and Repeat blocks. Afterwards, students apply their knowledge to add food to the stage that when clicked moves to the pet monster and then disappears. What does the pet monster like to eat?

Session 4: Design a Magical Land

The programming whiz kids design an interactive magical land. The game invites players to explore the place to discover surprises. By clicking on objects, they will cause flowers to grow, a sun to spin, or dragons to hop. The speed of the action is controlled to make it happen slow or fast. What amazing things are hidden in the scene?

Session 5: Race to the Finish

The programming whiz kids build a racing game. Players watch the action and then must select the winner. If they pick correctly, the racer will do a celebration dance. Who will reach the finish line first?

Session 6: Game Time

The programming whiz kids invite others to play their racing game. Players rate what they liked the most about the activity. Afterwards, the young game designers answer questions about coding the Scratch Jr project.

Optional Scratch Jr Lessons

  • X Marks the Spot: Control movement to design a treasure hunt.
  • Be a Gamer: Play a game to provide feedback.
  • Invent a Far Away Planet: Create the Planet of Twin. One twin moves fast, the other slow.
  • Hop to the Top: Code a hopping match that has the player identify the champ.
  • Paint a Background: Apply paint tools to edit or create a backdrop
  • I am a Programmer: Reflect upon the coding experience.

Terms of Use
Use TechnoWhiz with unlimited users at your site. A site is a physical location such as classroom, school, learning center, daycare, library, or home. If you teach at multiple sites, you will need to purchase one set for each location. Individual projects are downloadable. Order 5 or more projects or a set and receive a USB drive. Transfer the files to all devices at your site. View the PDF teacher guides and workbooks digitally or print as many as you need. Files CANNOT be posted in public domain.

Fun Coding Lessons for Kids
Coding Lessons for Scratch Jr
Build Simple Scripts and Loops
Includes Offline Coding Activities

Scratch Jr Programming Basics for Beginners - Coding for Kids

Ignite an interest in computer science. The hands-on activities have students discover how to code using Scratch Jr. They gain an understanding of essential programming concepts by building simple scripts and loops. Engage primary and elementary students by designing animations, collages, and games.


  • Recognize steps in a program are sequenced and they happen in order
  • Determine the coding blocks and values required to complete a task
  • Sequence the steps in a task using coding blocks
  • Build scripts that direct the movement, look, and timing of events
  • Edit a script by adding, editing, or deleting blocks
  • Set the appearance and movement of a character
  • Trigger a script to run using multiple methods
  • Control when or how fast an action happens
  • Loop a script or repeat an action
  • Identify the location of a character on the stage using x and y coordinates

Customer Reviews

In TechnoWhiz, students jump into the world of coding. They sequence blocks using Scratch Jr to build simple scripts and loops. Have fun! Design silly scenes, feed a pet monster, explore a magical land, race to the finish line, and more! This fun-filled introduction to programming will spark students’ imaginations. Invite curious young minds to become whiz kids!


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