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Scratch Exquisite Corpse Workshop

Have your scratchers work together to collaboratively create a Scratch project.

Suggested process:

  • Gather scratchers away from computers to present the idea of an Exquisite Corpse. Go over the outline of what they're going to do.
  • Divide Scratchers up into groups of 3-4. Two seems like too few for surprising things to happen, and with five you would start to run into more issues with one or two being behind the others.
  • Everyone starts on their own computer with an empty project. At the end of each step they rotate to a different computer in their 'group'
  • Step 1 - Create a sprite: encourage (require) them to draw their own sprite rather than using one of the ones from the library or an online image. (about 5 minutes)
  • Step 2 - Make the sprite do something: The attached activity plan has a minimum of making the sprite say something and change somehow. (about 10 minutes)
  • Step 3 - Add a background - (5 minutes or less)
  • Step 4 - Add a second sprite - (about 5 minutes)
  • Step 5 - Make it interactive - (about 10 minutes)
  • Step 6 - Wrap it up - a final 5 minutes to add any finishing touches.
  • Have everyone present the project from their original (or final) computer.
Johanna Melamed

 Looking forward to trying this during my 2 week summer camp course, thanks!

Betsy Corradino

I like the computer changes and the time limits.  I think it will help keep my kids from getting bogged down.  Each step is clear and brief.  Thank you for sharing.

Chris Garrity

 I'd love to hear how it goes. My thoughts about how it ran in my club is in the stories section. In particular I thought it might have been better to have them present the program they ended on rather than the one where they started. I'd be curious to hear which way you did it and how it went.

Melissa DuBois

Great activity. I plan to use it tomorrow with my 1-5th gifted enrichment class. I think they'll LOVE the creativity and flexible thinking. :) 

Karen Brennan

I love having participants swap computers! Thanks for sharing your handout...