Determine elements for the game

  • At this point in the unit, it’s best if students are working in groups, with each group focusing on a particular issue or piece of content.
  • Now students are really beginning to create their games. They should work together to brainstorm and identify the 5 elements of their game; space, mechanics, components, goals, and rules.
  • If you can get it, the Grow A Game card game can be very useful in this process. It’s also available as an app.


Relevant Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3c, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.3c, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1b, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4

Step 0: Familiarize yourself with Scratch

Step 1: Introduce students to elements of game design

Step 2: Introduce students to Scratch

Step 3: Focus on core content ideas for game design

Step 4: Determine elements for the game

Step 5: Flowchart the game

Step 6: Code & test!


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