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Rhyme Time

By Jen Perry
Duration
1 hour
Key Coding Concepts
  • Algorithms
  • Events
  • Sequences
Terminology

Algorithm: A step-by-step set of operations to be performed to help solve a problem

 

Events: When one thing causes another thing to happen

 

Sequence: Identifying a series of steps necessary to complete a task.

Level Grades 1-3
Subjects English Language Arts, Science and Technology
Provinces / Territories Across Canada

Overview

Students will use their knowledge of rhyme and Scratch Jr. coding to create their own coding program.

  • Review rhymes
  • Create a list of rhymes (anchor chart)
  • Students can create their own rhyming dictionaries

  1. Give students 10 minutes to freely explore Scratch Jr.
  2. Review blocks (see reference guide or learning tips). Blocks can also be printed and displayed.
  3. Have students create a new project.
  4. Students will create another sprite (character) to go along with Cat. https://www.scratchjr.org/learn/tips/multi-character
  5. Have students rename this character Mat.
  6. Tell students that together Cat and Mat are going to practice their rhymes. Every word Cat says, Mat has to say the rhyme.
  7. Have students add a background.
  8. Add a green flag (trigger block)
  9. Make the characters talk (https://www.scratchjr.org/activities/card09-talk.pdf) or video explantation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HYLZ5-Zb5g
  10. Have Cat say a word and then Mat respond with the rhyming word.
  11. Use motion blocks to have Cat and Mat move to another background.
  12. Students will continue having Cat and Mat say rhyming words (each set of rhyming words can be on a new page)

Checklist:

Student is able to identify the word that rhymes with the original word until they are given the answer.

____(Y) ____ (N) ____ (with support)

Student is able to work with partner to create Scratch Jr. Game

____(Y) ____ (N) ____ (with support)

Student is able to use coding elements to create an engaging Scratch Jr Game

____(Y) ____ (N) ____ (with support)

Older students can have their characters use rhyming sentences.

Students can use the sound blocks to record their own rap. They can add motion blocks to make their character (sprite) dance to their rap.

Have students work in pairs. Each student will be a character and take turns coming up with rhyming sentences to tell a story.

Language Arts: use knowledge of context, pictures, letters, words, sentences, predictable patterns and rhymes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts to construct and confirm meaning

Group work: Students will work cooperatively with others in small groups on structured tasks

Scratch Jr Learning Blocks Reference Guide
https://www.scratchjr.org/learn/blocks

Blocks to be printed/displayed
https://www.scratchjr.org/pdfs/blocks.pdf

Learning Tip
https://www.scratchjr.org/learn/tips

Making Scratch characters talk:
Scratch Activity Card
https://www.scratchjr.org/activities/card09-talk.pdf

Video explanation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HYLZ5-Zb5g

Find rhymes
https://www.rhymezone.com/

Fridge magnet image by Jason Leung from Unsplash.com
https://unsplash.com/photos/0sBTrm726C8

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