Makey Makey ELA Logic Puzzles Lesson Plan
By Teacher Librarian Colleen Graves
Appropriate for grade levels ES to HS
Students will learn to program keys for a Sprite (character in game) and create dialogue for the Sprite.
Here is the code I used to draw a circle. Have students attempt other geometric shapes.
ELA Lesson - Putting Coding and Writing Together
Teach students about writing riddles as poetry and emphasize the importance of sequence in writing your own game.
My example riddles:
"I bend and fold, so your chips won't get old" (chip clip)
"I'm feeling so low, can you make a flower grow?" (touch water)
"You might try with your fist to beat down the door, but just a simple twist is all it takes, to lead you to a new floor." (key)
Note: For younger students, give them specific objects like bananas and Play-doh to write their first riddles. I had a group of 6-8 year olds successfully create a very simple riddle game! We just wrote riddles, made the game, and then connected the Makey Makeys to test their programming.
Here is my example game to share with your students:
Storyboard from Goochland County Public Schools. Visit their site for planning, lessons, and great ideas on utilizing Scratch in the classroom!
Marji, Majed. Learn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math. , 2014. Print.
Walter, John Paul. "What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles - ReadWriteThink."Readwritethink.org. NCTE. Web.
Note on Standards
These lessons were developed with the idea that teachers all over the globe and a variety of grade levels could hack the lesson plan to meet their students' needs. Therefore, these are just some of the standards the lessons are based on, and not an all-inclusive list. Many of the CCSS align by grade level, so if you teach 9th grade, you could find the stair-stepped standard for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6 by looking at CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.6.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4: Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.3.A: Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.3.B: Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.11-12.2: Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
3-PS2-3: Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.
4-PS3-2: Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
HS-PS3-1: Create a computational model to calculate the change in the energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known.
HS-PS3-3: Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.
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