On Wednesday I decided to introduce Scratch to a class of second graders. Wednesday’s schedule in the lab is such that there is an overlap of about 10 minutes with 4th grade alternative recess. With the growing interest in coding among 4th graders, sometimes there are 4th graders waiting around for a free computer at the start of their recess. I decided to put this fact to use rather than let it aggravate me. (They can be noisy while waiting). I figured they could help me introduce Scratch to these 2nd graders.
My goal was for the 2nd graders to add a background and a Sprite and make the Sprite do something when clicked. I sort of sprung the project on both groups but it worked out well. The 4th graders, as a whole, were very helpful and the 2nd graders were pretty excited with all the choices. It amazed them that a couple blocks of code could make their Sprites interactive. I was proud of my 4th graders for their enthusiasm and their ability to share their expertise in Scratch with the younger students. More 2nd graders were able to get support while trying something new. I’m pleased.
On other fronts, there are eighteen 4th graders signed up for Code Club. Sadly, I’m competing with another after school program – Drama Club – so I have only 2 girls on my roster.