Lesson Plan
Friends

Overview

Club members brainstorm an idea for a company with their friend. Then, they each create a different advertisement for that company. Club members are encouraged to collaborate in their passports at the beginning of the club. Limit the brainstorming and collaboration part of the club to about 5 minutes. Once club members have an idea, they should return to their individual computers and start coding an advertisement project! If a club member does not have a partner for this activity, he or she is welcome to create a group of 3. Each club member should still create his or her own Scratch project about the company.

Volunteer Focus

  • Ensure club members don't spend too much time creating their company.
  • Encourage persistence and hard work, rather than speed of completion.

Agenda Summary

This agenda is designed for a 60-minute lesson. To customize the agenda for clubs of a different length, visit www.cs-first.com/dashboard. and use the Agenda Timer.

Time (mins) Agenda Item
5 Introduction
2 View Showcase Projects
2 Transition to Computer Time
10 Watch Video 1 and Complete the Survey
5 Watch Video 2 and Create
5 Watch Video 3 and Create
7 Watch Video 4 and Create
7 Watch Video 5 and Create
0 Choose Add-Ons and Create
3 Start Wrap-Up: CS First Reflection
3 Watch Wrap-Up Video
4 Share Projects in Scratch
2 Select Showcases
5 Club Discussion

Topics Introduced

  • Parallelism

Topics Reinforced

  • Persistence
  • Creativity
  • Events
Note: During next club (activity 8), all club members will receive a certificate. During this club, ensure that there is an accurate record of all names on the club roster, so that you'll be able to fill out the certificates.
Introduction (5 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
1. Greet members at the door as they arrive.
(Show script)

Hi [name]. Welcome back!

2. Ask members to pick up their passports, then sit at an empty computer and log in.
(Show script)

Everyone please pick up your passports and go to a computer. Sign in to CS First and Scratch. Once you have logged in, please turn off your monitors.

3. Once all members are seated and logging in to their computers, privately ask members who are sitting alone to move to a computer near other members.
(Show script)

Hi [name]. Today you’re going to need to be sitting near others to work on this project. Would you mind moving to a seat where you’ll be able to interact with other club members?

4. Use the silent signal to get member attention.
(Show script)

[Silent signal] I need everyone’s attention up here, please.

5. Have all members turn off monitors and remove headphones before starting. It is important that you enforce this rule or members will use the computers instead of interacting.
(Show script)

Everyone please turn off your monitors, so we can begin the introduction [wait for all members to turn off monitors].

6. Recap and review the last club (Work Together to Win).
(Show script)

Will someone please raise their hand, and remind me what we did in our last club session?” Possible response: “We created a cooperative video game". ”

7. Introduce the CS concept: Parallelism.
(Show script)

In this activity, you are going to imagine a company with your friend. You'll each advertise the product that company makes to a different audience. Different things in your commercial will run off the same event. More than one piece of code running at a time is called parallelism, and it is really important in computer science.

8. Describe instructions for this activity (brainstorm in pairs).
(Show script)

There are two things in this activity that are different from other activities. First, you'll answer a survey just like you did during the first activity. Also, you usually spend the whole club on your computers, but in this activity, you'll have a chance to brainstorm your company in your passport.

  1. Pick up your passport.
  2. Choose a computer.
  3. Log in to your computer.
  4. Turn off your monitor.
View Showcase Projects (2 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
[For instructions on finding and selecting showcases, see the "Preparation" section of this club plan. Remember that club members can opt out of having their projects shown. If the selected club members do not want to showcase their projects, you may ask for one or two volunteers to show their projects.]
  1. Transition to showcase.
    (Show script)

    [Pointing at agenda] Before we begin programming this activity, let's view the member showcases selected at the end of last club. We will play each project, look at the code, and then applaud how awesome the project is. Let's look at the first project!

  2. Run first project and discuss.
    (Show script)

    Someone please raise your hand and tell me what types of blocks you think might be used in this project?

  3. Look at code by clicking the "See Inside" button.
    (Show script)

    Let's take a look at the code used in this project. [Show code and mention a few of the blocks used in the project.]

  4. Cheer and clap.
    (Show script)

    Wow! Amazing! That was a great project! Let’s give them a great big round of applause!

  5. Repeat steps for any additional projects.
  1. Enjoy projects from last club!
  2. Make some noise!
Transition to Computer Time (2 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
  1. Introduce computer time.
    (Show script)

    [show agenda] Now, we're going to move into the computer time.

  2. Remind members to use a sticky note if they have a question. [optional]  
    (Show script)

    If you have a question during this time, ask your neighbors for help. If they can’t help you, put a sticky note on your monitor and, I will come help you.

  3. Remind members that at the end of this activity you will pick a few projects to share next club.
    (Show script)

    Remember that at the end of this activity we will pick a few people’s projects to show at the beginning of next club.

  4. Have members turn on monitors and navigate to CS First website.
    (Show script)

    Please turn on your monitors, go to the CS First website, and start watching the first video.

  5. If there are new club members, provide them with your club code and ask them to go to cs-first.com/go to get sign-in information.
    (Show script)

    If today is your first time in this club, please begin by going to cs-first.com/go. Click "Enter Club Code," then follow the directions to get a sign-in and password.

  1. Go to cs-first.com.
  2. Sign in with the username and password from your club pass.
  3. Start watching the first video.
  4. If it's your first day, welcome! Go to www.cs-first.com/go and click "Enter Club Code" to get started. Ask your Guru for your club's code.
Watch Video 1 and Complete the Survey (10 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
  1. After members have signed in to cs-first.com, they should begin watching the first video for activity 7. This video introduces a brief survey. Once members finish the survey, they should switch back to cs-first.com and move on to the next video.
  2. If a member appears frustrated by the survey, particularly the Scratch content question, remind him or her to try their best and that there are no right or wrong answers. It is important for members to feel comfortable giving their honest opinions.
    (Show script)

    How are you doing? [wait for response] Don't worry about getting all the answers right. Make your best guess, and move on so you can get to the more exciting part-- creating!

  1. Watch the video.
  2. Take the CS First survey.
Watch Video 2 and Create (5 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
This video encourages club members to brainstorm a company, a product, and two audiences for that product. Be vigilant about keeping club members on task, and move around the room as much as possible to check in with club members. Encourage their ideas; they may be hesitant. If a friends pair is disagreeing, help them come up with a product that combines both ideas. Keep the club going; don't let club members spend too much time on this task.
(Show script)

What is your company going to sell? Cool! I'd buy that!

 
  1. Open your passport to activity 7.
  2. Work with a friend to answer the questions on the page.
  3. Open the starter project to see the product costumes available.
  4. Return to your computer, and watch the next video.
Watch Video 3 and Create (5 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
Look for club members who are designing (adding sprites, backdrops, etc.), and encourage them to experiment with code.
(Show script)

I see that you've spent a lot of designing this project. Do you have any plans for how you want to code it? Why don't you try experimenting with different blocks to see what you can make it do?

Encourage club members to think big and to be creative!
  1. Remix the starter project.
  2. Appeal to your audience by adding a background. 
  3. Choose the product costume that represents your product.
  4. Include information about your product, the cost of your product, and your company name.
Watch Video 4 and Create (7 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
Club members should watch the videos and build at their own pace. Some club members will work faster or slower than others. If you notice that club members are behind the times set by the agenda, work with them so that they’re able to finish the activity on time (the add-on selection page is not part of the core activity). Periodically, check for club members who are falling behind the agenda. Look at the video number on the CS First tab to determine where a member is in his or her project.
  1. Add a new sprite to your project.
  2. Add a "when I receive" block to your new sprite, so it listens for the message to run the code.
  3. Add code to the "when I receive" block to make the sprite do something.
  4. To tell the sprite when to act, add  a  "broadcast"  to another sprite's code stack.
Watch Video 5 and Create (7 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
Give specific praise about what you like about each club members' project. 
  1. Add background music using a "play sound until done" block.
  2. Play the music continuously using a "forever loop" and a "when flag clicked" block. 
  3. To adjust the volume of the music, use the "set volume to" block.  
  4. Explore adding sound to one or more "when I receive" blocks.
Choose Add-Ons and Create (0 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
During this time, members customize their projects by trying some add-ons. Add-ons allow members to explore programming concepts and features as they follow the guidance and instruction in the videos.
  1. Walk around, and encourage members to try the add-ons that interest them.  
    (Show script)

    It looks like you've finished the core videos. That's great! Move to the next page to learn about different ways to customize your project.

  2. Help members navigate the add-ons menu.
    (Show script)

    "When you click "watch," the add-on will open. To go back to the add-on selection screen, click on the X at the top of the video."

  3. If you notice that members have not saved or shared their projects (You will see a "See project page" button in the top right corner of the project editor on projects members have shared.), encourage them to do so before they continue working on add-ons.
    (Show script)

    I see that you're working on the add-ons. Be sure to save your project, and click "Share" to make it available to the Scratch community.

Watch the add-ons for ideas on how to customize your project!
Start Wrap-Up: CS First Reflection (3 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
  1. Get everyone’s attention using the silent signal.
    (Show script)

    [silent signal] Can I have everyone’s attention up here, please?

  2. Ask club members to click the next arrow until they reach the reflection page, then to complete the reflection.
    (Show script)

    Now it's time for the CS First club reflection and wrap-up video. Click the 'next' arrow, and complete the reflection. Then, click the next arrow and watch the wrap-up video. While you do this, I'll walk around and hand out participation badges.

  3. Walk around, and ensure that club members are transitioning to the reflection page.
  4. Give out participation badges (stickers).
  1. Complete the CS First Reflection.
Watch Wrap-Up Video (3 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
  1. Prompt club members to complete the club reflection, then move on to the wrap-up video.
    (Show script)

    After you've completed your reflection, click the 'next' arrow to watch the wrap-up video. While you're finishing these final steps, I'll continue to walk around and award the participation badges for this activity.

  2. Ask club members to write a shout-out for a clubmate. [optional] 
    (Show script)

    After watching the wrap-up video, write a positive note to a clubmate on your sticky note. Thank someone who helped you, or call out a great project. Once you've written a shout-out, come place it on the G+ board.

  3. Continue to circulate around the club, and pass out participation badges.
  4. When the Agenda Timer indicates that 30 seconds remain in this section, remind club members about the time.
    (Show script)

    You have thirty seconds remaining until we begin sharing projects.

Write a G+ shoutout!
Share Projects in Scratch (4 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
  1. Tell club members to return to Scratch, and click the "share" button.
    (Show script)

    [Silent signal] Please return to your Scratch project. If you haven't already, please name your project, and, if you’d like, share it by clicking the "share" button in Scratch. Sharing you project will allow any user on the Scratch website to view it. If you can't find the "share" button, ask a neighbor for help. Once you've shared your project in Scratch write a description that explains how to use it. Then, in one minute, we'll begin sharing projects with our neighbors.

  2. Ask the club to begin sharing their projects with the person or people sitting next to them.
    (Show script)

    Everyone please begin sharing your projects with the people sitting near you. During this time, I shouldn't see anyone working on their projects.

  3. Walk around and encourage club members who haven’t shared their projects (the share button will still be visible in the top-right corner of the screen) to do so. If club members don’t wish to share, that’s okay. Ensure that all club members are engaging in this social aspect of the club by either sharing their project with a neighbor, or talking to other club members about their project.
  1. Click the "Share" button in Scratch.
  2. Share your project with a neighbor.
Select Showcases (2 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
  1. Display showcase selector on board (follow the link at the top of this club plan).
  2. Get everyone’s attention using the silent signal and request that club members turn off their monitors. Ensure that all monitors are turned off before beginning (club members won’t need to use their computers again during this club).
    (Show script)

    [Hand raised] Everyone please turn your monitors off and direct your attention up here.

  3. Transition to the showcase selector.
    (Show script)

    It's time to select showcases for next club. Let’s get excited!

  4. Run the showcase selector.
    (Show script)

    Here we go! Let’s press the "Choose a Showcase!" button and see who gets selected! And we have… CSF###!

  5. Using the club roster, find and say the names of the club members selected.
    (Show script)

    Wonderful! CSF### is...  [name]! I’m really looking forward to seeing [member names] projects next club.

  6. Remind members to share their project.
    (Show script)

    If you were one of the members selected, make sure that we'll be able to see your project by clicking the share button at the top of the project editor. If you didn't do that for this project, make sure you do it first thing at the start of next club.

  7. Tell members what to do if they don't want their project shown.
    (Show script)

    If you were selected, but you don't want your project shown next club, please see me after this club or before the beginning of next club.

 
  1. Know your CS First ID.
  2. Celebrate the projects selected!
Club Discussion (5 minutes)
Directions Student Instructions
  • Briefly review and highlight some G+ posts that club members made.
    (Show script)

    Let’s look at some of the G+ shout-outs that club members received for their work during this activity. [Read a few G+ shout-outs aloud].

  • Lead whole-club discussion.
    (Show script)

    Finally, let’s discuss what you learned during this activity. [Read "discussion questions" below].

  • Preview next club.
    (Show script)

    Next club is on [day of next club (e.g. Monday)], and you will build [description of project].

  • Exit.
    (Show script)

    Once your headphones are wrapped up and your computers are shut down, we will all leave together. I look forward to working with you again next club!

Discussion questions:
  • What was your favorite part of this activity?
  • Describe the company you created.
  • What event started more than one thing?
Next club: Scrapbook
  1. Participate in discussion.
  2. Clean up computer station.
  3. Wrap headphones.
  4. If instructed to by your Guru, shut down computers.

After members have exited the room: