IntroductionObscure users have an opportunity to help teach and plan an after-school arts enrichment program at an Arlington, Virginia primary school, Campbell Elementary. RichardBullingtonMcGuire mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org is leading the class.
- Call for Volunteers
- Class Size
- Lesson Plans
- Unit Objectives
- Daily Lesson Plans
- Progress Notes
- About Campbell
We have two class offerings: an introductory class and an intermediate class.
Class Description: introductory class
In this class, students will explore how to create games, animations, stories, and art using Scratch, a computer learning tool that teaches programming skills. Students will draw pictures, add sound and movement, and share their projects with the class.
Children will both examine existing programs and design their own new programs, using a visual programming language that snaps together on screen using graphical blocks. The class will learn about mathematical and computational concepts in a meaningful and motivating context. They will learn about the process of design, and develop key 21st century learning skills in the areas of creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and analysis. Scratch is a product of MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten Project. More information about Scratch is available at:
Class Description: intermediate class
In this class, students will build on the skills they learned in the "Introduction to Scratch" class to design and implement larger and more complex computer games, animations, stories, and art. We will work on strategies for collaboration and add sounds and photos we record to our projects. Admissions preference will be given to students who took the Fall or Winter Scratch class.
Call for VolunteersI am looking for volunteers who can help plan and teach the class, to be held over the next five weeks. If you have computer programming skills, multimedia authoring skills, or education skills, you could make a significant contribution to this project.
If I could find one volunteer to help me in the classroom, that would really help. It is during the day on a weekday, but there are only 5 class sessions, and it should only take about 2 hours of your time.
The classes run from 12:30-1:45 PM on Wednesday afternoons. Volunteers need to arrive at 12:15 and stay until 2 PM each day.
The class is held in the large computer lab and conference room inside the school library.
Spring 2008 Term Schedule
The dates for the Spring 2008 Arts Alive term are:
The Spring term will be an Intermediate Scratch class, with a new set of lesson plans.
Winter 2008 Term Schedule
The dates for the Winter 2008 Arts Alive term were:
These were all Wednesdays. The class had a one-week hiatus in March for Spring Break; there were no classes on Wed. Mar. 19.
Fall 2007 Term Schedule
The dates for the Fall 2007 Arts Alive term were:
Oct. 17, 2007
Oct. 24, 2007
Oct. 31, 2007
Nov. 7, 2007
Nov. 14, 2007
Campbell School 737 S. Carlin Springs Road Arlington, VA 22204 703-228-6770
AudienceGrades 3-5, plus younger literate students who have basic computer skills.
Class Size8-10 children
Students will create new programs.
Students will modify existing programs.
Students will apply mathematics to problems.
Students will learn design skills through experimentation.
Students will work together to create new projects.
Students will incorporate photos and audio they record into their projects
Students will learn how to use control structures to power scripts
Students will explore how to incorporate sensor data into their projects
Students will plan their projects and then review and revise their plans
Students will practice their presentation skills by showing their projects to the class
Daily Lesson Plans
Fall 2007 Term
This was the first time we taught the introductory course.
Winter 2008 Term
This was the second time we taught the introductory course.
Spring 2008 Term
Campbell Elementary is the school that my 6-year old son attends. You can find out more about Campbell and its unique features on this web site:
This seminar meshes particularly well with the Integrated Curriculum that Campbell uses (from an older version of their site):
Campbell incorporates core curriculum in a two-year cycle of thematic, intensive projects that encourage deep learning which transfers to other contexts. Integrated study -- incorporating language arts, science, social science, mathematics, art and music into a single project -- fosters love of learning, an understanding of the interconnections of the world, and the knowledge that there's a purpose to learning specific skills.