Saturday, November 22, 2014

SCRATCH: Teaching Math with Place Value Bear

First, press the green flag above to watch the animation. (Note that it takes a few seconds to load,)

Then consider these thoughts, and let me know if you have any further ideas or examples.

Teaching math with SCRATCH has proved profitable. Students watch the animation carefully. Together we discuss what they notice about the math concept. They give me suggestions as to how to improve the animation. They create their own animations as well. And, the animation is published on the class home study site so students can revisit and review as they study.

SCRATCH is available for free so they can code at home creating their own animations and games. Further, coding makes students think about the step-by-step details of a process or content. It prompts them to deliberately pay attention to each step. I'd like to try this with concept work too.

Perhaps students will SCRATCH their upcoming Ted Talks with a character animation as well as an in-person speech.

Like movie making, the creativity and enrichment possible with SCRATCH is endless. SCRATCH is also a playful and engaging way for students to learn.

If you and your students are SCRATCHing math animations, I'd love to hear about it. I'm excited to grow this process as to date, it has been a profitable way to teach and learn.

Place Value "Staircase" SCRATCH
Base Ten Place Value Chart SCRATCH

This post was recently shared, a post that focuses on other ways to make math animations.