Makey Makey at home or at school: Free learning activities, ideas for loaning out kits, and more!
Kids always struggle with word problems. Why not have them create their own word problems as an interactive poster? With Makey Makey you can help your kinesthetic learners write, answer, and share their own word problems in Scratch.
Day 1 
Teach students how to write their own word problems.


Day 1, Example Word Problems 
Example Word Problem: On Saturday, Nico practices soccer twice. He drank a total of 32 fluid ounces of sports drink for the day. If he drank m fluid ounces at morning practice, which equation can be used to find n, the number of fluid ounces for the rest of the day?
If the variable m = 15 what is n? Click here to remix the project in Scratch


Day 2 
Students will learn to program keys for a Sprite (character in game) and create dialogue for for the Sprite to make their word problem poster interactive. Have students remix this Scratch game with their word problems or start their own in Scratch. Here is a basic tutorial from my ELA Logic Puzzle Lesson:


Day 3 
Make your word problem poster interactive by attaching Makey Makey to pencil drawings or copper tape. Decide your conductor: Have students decide if they want to use copper tape, thumbtacks, or pencil drawings to create their posters. Draw and Write: Students need to write the equations for their game. In my game, I had the operators as the switch for students to know if they are correct. So each operator is the "key" attached to the Makey Makey. Connecting to earth: Students should make an aluminum foil bracelet for others to wear when playing their game. Connecting keys: Hook the operators/equations/numbers on the poster to the appropriate keys on the Makey Makey. Play and answer: Have students gallery walk the room and answer each others word problems. I'd suggest carrying pencil and paper or iPad to record answers for each station. Evaluate: At the end of the day, have students discuss which word problems they like best and why. Ask students to reflect on the hardest/easiest parts of crafting their own word problems.


Resources 
Ford, Beverly. "Writing a Multiplication Word Problem." Writing a Multiplication Word Problem. AIMS Education Foundation. Web. "Solving the Math Curse: Reading and Writing Math Word Problems."  ReadWriteThink.org IRA/NCTE. Web.


Scratch, Foil, Math, Computational Thinking, Makerspace, Accessibility, Interactive