The curriculum is overloaded, how to integrate new technologies and coding without adding additional content. The key is to integrate the ideas. This lesson took 2 hours and we completed it in one 2 hour session.
I found students specialised and completed the tasks they were interested in. Ensure you have equity with access to all tasks eg: boys don't dominate the connecting while girls colour. Girls and minority groups may need encouragement to do the coding and connect the makey makey.
|Incomplete poster that shows |
the beginnings of lifecycle.
Goal: Create a poster that illustrates the lifecycle of a tomato.
The poster could be modified to cover any outcomes or lesson ideas.
Prelearning: 2 lessons
- Research on lifecycle of tomato
- Art lesson - still life on how to draw a tomato
- applies a design process and uses a range of tools, equipment, materials and techniques to produce solutions that address specific design criteria (NSW ST2-5WT)
- using techniques, including labelled drawings, modelling and storyboarding, for documenting and communicating design ideas
- using digital technologies and multimedia for communicating design ideas
- safely and correctly using a range of tools and equipment, materials and techniques, eg cutting, combining, joining, shaping, assembling and finishing materials
- Textas and Ruler
- A computer
- https://scratch.mit.edu/ (for those with poor internet use a local download: https://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/)
- A picture of blocks required for coding Scratch (optional differentiation)
- Makey Makey - http://www.makeymakey.com/
- Split Pins - one per point
- A picture of a tomato life cycle for reference. (optional differentiation)
- Recording Sounds in Scratch: tutorial - https://youtu.be/dnV4FdWjqIw
Scratch Coding blocks - Teacher cheat sheet ☺
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split pins on rear side of poster
- Draw the tomato lifecycle on the cardboard.
- Insert 1 split pin at each stage of the life cycle (5 for coding above).
- Insert 1 extra split pin on the poster for the earth wire.
- Log into scratch and reproduce blocks above.
- Record a description for each stage of the life cycle.
- Connect the Makey Makey to the split pins on the back of the poster.
- Ensure the points on the Makey Makey match the events in Scratch.
- Connect the earth on the Makey Makey to the extra split pin on the poster.
Original idea credited to +Martin Levins at ICTNSW workshop.
Lifecycle Picture Credit http://www.thunderboltkids.co.za/Grade5/01-life-and-living/chapter5.html