Lesson Plan

Lesson: Make Games - Animated Story
Time: 45+ mins


Story time! In this lesson, campers will apply what they've learned so far to create their own animated story where Actors have a conversation with each other. Their story can be silly, informative, dramatic, or whatever they choose.


  • Computer, laptop, or tablets (1 per camper)

New Code Blocks

  • : Start the program when the play button is selected.
  • : Show a message for a specified amount of seconds.
  • : Change the Stage's background to the one specified.
  • : Play the specified sound file.


  • Coding: Using a computer language to tell the computer what to do
  • Sequence: The order in which steps or events happen
  • Actors: Tynker characters and objects that can talk and interact with each other
  • Command: A specific action or instruction that tells the computer to do something
  • Stage: The background of the project where the Actors are placed


Campers will...
  • Use code blocks to create an animated story

Getting Started (5 minutes)

  • Tell campers that they will be writing their own story and bringing it to life by animating Actors. Next, open the "Animated Story" module and play the provided example in "Step 1" of the tutorial:

  • Ask campers to write a 5-10 sentence dialogue between two different Actors. Point out that they can use this as a reference as they complete their project. Here are some questions to help get them started:
    • What's the story about?
    • Which Actors do you want to use? (a dog and cat? A boy and girl? A police officer and a thief?)

Coding Activities (40+ minutes)

The lessons are intended for self-directed learning. Your role will be to facilitate as campers complete the Make Games - Animated Story modules on their own:
1. Introduction (Video)
  • A friendly robot tells campers that they can decide which game they'd like to create next.
  • Tell campers to press any key to continue on to the next module.
2. Animated Story (DIY)
  • Campers will follow the step-by-step tutorial to create their very own animated story!
  • Activities include adding a background and Actors; using "say" blocks to make Actors look like they're talking; switching backgrounds; adding sound effects; and animating Actors.
  • To use “animate” blocks (like the ones shown in the demo project), make sure campers choose actors from the Character Builder. (Add Actor > Character Builder)
  • If campers finish early, ask them to…
    • Show their story to a friend
    • Add another scene with more dialogue
    • Add one more talking Actor

Wrap Up

Unplugged Activity: Discussion
Review today’s coding adventure by leading a discussion. Ask campers:
  • Was it more challenging for you to write your own story or program your animated story project?
  • What was your favorite part of today's activity?
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Class Presentations

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Lesson 1
40 Slides
Lesson 2
Lights, Music, Action
23 Slides
Lesson 3
Frame-based Animation
26 Slides
Lesson 4
2D Motion
23 Slides
Lesson 5
Pen Drawing
23 Slides
Lesson 6
Alien Catcher
26 Slides
Lesson 7
Space Breaker
22 Slides
Lesson 8
Fish Tank
19 Slides
Lesson 9
Make Games - Animated Greeting Card
17 Slides
Lesson 10
Make Games - Music Video
15 Slides
Lesson 11
Make Games - Maze Game
18 Slides
Lesson 12
Make Games - 2-Player Battle Game
17 Slides
Lesson 13
Make Games - Animated Story
16 Slides
Lesson 14
Level Design
23 Slides