In this lesson, students will click watermelon Actors and analyze the contracted form of three different words. Next, students will use code blocks to create a DIY project to demonstrate the contracted form of words of their choice. Coding activities include moving an Actor to a specified location, using a “move” block inside a loop to move an Actor forward, labeling Actors with contractions, and animating a watermelon Actor to explode. Step 5/5 of the DIY includes additional code blocks for your students to experiment with. Encourage students to experiment with the extra code blocks. How are the two given "turn" blocks different? After completing the DIY module, students will be asked 5 quiz questions about contractions. By the end of the lesson, students will have experimented with coding concepts (e.g., events, conditions, motion, loops, text handling, costume handling) while reinforcing different examples of contracted words.
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