Lesson Plan

Lesson: Make Games - Animated Greeting Card
Time: 45+ mins

Introduction

Let's celebrate! In this lesson, campers will apply what they've learned so far to create a personalized greeting card with a festive background, music, animated Actors, and special effects.

Equipment/Materials

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

New Code Blocks

  • : Run code attached to this block when the Actor is clicked. Note: this block is titled “when actor touched” for mobile version.
  • : Keep repeating the blocks inside this loop forever.
  • : Play the specified sound file.
  • : Change the costume of the Actor.
  • : Animate the character to perform a specified action.

Vocabulary

  • 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
  • Costume: Different appearances for an Actor, such as poses used in a character’s animation
  • Animation: Changing costumes (pictures) of an Actor many times to give the illusion of movement

Objectives

Campers will...
  • Use code blocks to program an animated greeting card
  • Create a digital greeting card

Getting Started (5 minutes)

  • Tell campers that they will be creating a personalized greeting card today using Tynker. As a class, brainstorm a list of different holidays and special events (e.g., Thanksgiving, graduation, birthday, 4th of July). Next, ask the campers to answer these short-response questions:
    • If you created your own digital greeting card, what holiday or event would it be for? What colors, pictures, or background would you include? What greeting message would you use?

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 Greeting Card 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 Greeting Card (DIY)
  • Campers will follow the step-by-step tutorial to create their very own greeting card with a custom background, music, animated Actors, and special effects.
  • If campers finish early, encourage them to…
    • Create two additional greeting cards: One greeting card for their favorite holiday and one greeting card for their favorite celebration (for example, Halloween and birthdays)
    • Program an Actor to say a special greeting. Give a hint: Tell them to use the "say" code block
    • Draw their own Actors with several costumes

Wrap Up

Unplugged Activity: Discussion
Review today’s coding adventure by leading a discussion. Ask campers:
  • Did anyone create two greeting cards? Which holidays or celebrations did you choose?
  • Does your project include a special greeting? Did you use the "say" block or did you use a different method to display your greeting?
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Class Presentations

These student-facing slide presentations help educators seamlessly run Tynker lessons in a virtual or physical classroom setting. Each lesson has its own set of slides that introduce the big ideas, suggest unplugged activities, and include a section for each activity module. While running lesson slides, you can switch back and forth between the activity, the slides, answer keys and other lesson materials.
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Lesson 1
Introduction
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