Focus on core content ideas for game design

  • This step will depend largely on your content area. A math class might brainstorm ways to graph functions in Scratch and incorporate them into games. An ELA class might identify some interesting ideas or themes from a text to design games around.
  • In the game design camp that I was teaching in this past summer, we were focusing on environmental issues. We used this plan to drive a discussion about population density. Throughout the discussion, students identified issues and questions that they wanted to know more about, and researched them for inclusion in the games.


Relevant Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-MG.A.2, CCSS.Math.Content.HSN-Q.A.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.10, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.10, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.10

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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