Makey Makey Spanish (Dual Language) Lesson Plan
By Teacher Librarian Colleen Graves
Appropriate for grade levels MS to HS
MS students will learn:
ES students will practice:
Rookie Scratch User Lesson (ES/MS)
If your students are new to Scratch and Makey Makey, you will want to have them program a simple Spanish lesson game. However, they will also need to play with Makey Makey first to understand how it works.
Students will create a game in Scratch. Here are some excellent tutorials on the basics. They will need to create Sprites and program each Sprite to play a sound when a certain key is pressed.
Show off student creations!
Have computers, Makey Makey, and objects set up in the library or classroom. Invite students from all over school to come play these dual language games!
Advanced Scratch Users (MS/HS)
If you have students that are advanced Scratch users, why not have them program a multi-level game? Or even create a game with a younger audience in mind.
Storyboarding and Prototyping
Examples of levels:
Level One: Program the game with pictures and have students record their voice to match the picture. (Vine Video of Level One)
Level Two: Program the game with the spanish words and then students will need to grab the correct object to score points. (Vine of Level Two/Three)
Level Three: Create a restaurant scene. Program the characters to act out a skit as if two characters are eating out but speaking only in Spanish. Then have students play the game by grabbing the correct object. Incorporate a timer and set student groups up against each other!
Give students ample time to create their games in Scratch. Here are some excellent tutorials on the basics and here are some tutorials on creating multi-level games. Plus, here is an amazing guide for "creative computing" with Scratch.
Before sharing games and content with community, group students in pairs and have them test games and check pronunciations with this feedback form. (25 -30 min)
After playing, students should read their feedback and revise their games. (30 min)
Have a Dual Language Maker EVENT! Invite parents, staff, etc to come play these awesome games! Set them up in the library or in the gym and let students and the community play these awesome games and interact with everyday objects by incorporating Makey Makey into your curriculum! Or take the whole set-up along with your high schoolers to the elementary school and have younger dual language students play the games the high school students created.
Storyboard from Goochland County Public Schools. Visit their site for planning, lessons, and great ideas on utilizing Scratch in the classroom!
Scratch Wiki from MIT! Forums, blocks, tutorials, just check it out!
Script Changers: Digital Storytelling with Scratch by Kylie Peppler, Rafi Santo, Melissa Gresalfi, and Katie Salen Tekinbas.
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.W.8.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4: Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.5: Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
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.
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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