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Scratch Across Every Subject: A Recap

Interested in integrating Scratch into your classroom this Fall, but aren't sure where to start? Here's a recap of our Scratch Across Every Subject Series!













Scratch is incredibly versatile–it's not just for computer science classes! Scratch can be incorporated into any content area in any classroom.  Whether you teach English, Science, Math, History, or Art, Scratch can contribute to your student's learning in a number of ways!

Here are some examples from our Scratch Across Every Subject series. To learn more about a given subject, simply click on the subject link and you'll be directed to the full story.
 

1. Literacy

Coding is increasingly described as an "essential literacy" that should be included with reading, writing, and arithmetic. But Scratch can also be a great tool for deepening and extending reading and writing. Students can record phoneme sounds, design interactive book reports, create autobiographical music videos and so much more!

Also: Check out our interview with Rick Ashby to see how he has embedded Scratch into his English classroom culture!

2. Math

For many students, engaging with math and understanding its real world applications can be a challenge. They might get bored with the idea of learning formulas or intimidated by abstract problems and complicated rules. That’s where Scratch can step in...

Also: See how Jennifer Junkin integrates Scratch into her 9th grade Math class!

3. Visual and Media Arts

How can Scratch be a platform for artistic expression and vice versa? Can visual and media arts help introduce and extend computational creativity? Together, Scratch and art have limitless potential for learning and creating!

Also: See how various teachers are using Scratch to amplify art in their classrooms via our ScratchEd Twitter Chat recap.

4. Music

Can music help introduce and extend computational creativity? Check out this list of Scratch and Music resources and add your go-to projects, lessons, and activities...

Also: Interested in making music or teaching music theory through Scratch and MakeyMakey? You'll find this article interesting!

5. Social Studies


 

Scratch allows students to connect with their social studies curriculum in a visually engaging, interactive way. They can replay history’s major events with games and animations, show their knowledge of geography with responsive maps, and draw on what they learn in class to give historical figures new life on the computer screen. In the process, they can hone their storytelling abilities as they consider how to represent historical events and current issues.

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Take a look at our interview with Social Studies and Science teacher, Alfonso Mendoza, and see how he has brought his subjects to life using Scratch: "So often in schools it’s ‘here’s the handout,’ but students can’t bring that to life. They can’t make it their own. With Scratch, they can bring anything to life!”

We've also compiled a list of some cool ways to use Scratch in the service of Civic Engagement
 

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Science and Foreign Language editions coming soon! What other content areas would you like us to include in the Scratch Across Every Subject series? Let us know in the comments below!

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