An introduction to JavaScript for intermediate or advanced coders in upper middle or high school with a focus on game design.

  • Grades 7+
  • Advanced
  • Web

Description

An introduction to JavaScript for intermediate or advanced coders in upper middle or high school. In this advanced lesson plan, students will be introduced to JavaScript as they complete engaging lessons, solve challenging puzzles, and build their own games in JavaScript. This course is ideal for students who have already completed at least one Tynker course and are comfortable with the basics of programming logic and computational thinking. This course will help them transition to JavaScript and adapt to the additional challenges of text-based syntax.

Students who successfully complete this lesson plan will demonstrate a strong mastery of JavaScript syntax, as well as the ability to creatively program games and other projects and debug their own code. Students will also be able to come up with an idea for a game and take it through the entire design and implementation process, creating custom versions of many of their favorite games in JavaScript.

Topics

  • JavaScript syntax
  • Sequencing
  • Repetition
  • Conditional logic
  • Nested loops
  • Automation
  • Pattern recognition
  • Simple motion
  • Keyboard and mouse events
  • Creating and using an HTML canvas
  • Operators
  • Expressions
  • Variables
  • Collision detection
  • Using arrays and objects to store structured data

What Students Learn

  • Learn JavaScript syntax
  • Use conditional logic, loops, and conditional loops to solve problems
  • Create and use variables
  • Detect and handle keyboard and mouse events
  • Write and interpret JavaScript expressions
  • Use the HTML canvas for drawing and displaying images
  • Detect win/loss conditions in a game
  • Implement collision detection between images on the canvas
  • Use arrays and objects to store structured data

Technical Requirements

* Online courses require a modern desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet access and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Edge (20+) browser. No downloads required.


Lesson 1 : The Basics
JavaScript 101

Time: 40+ minutes

Introduction

Commands Introduced

Vocabulary

Objectives

Materials

Warm-Up (5 minutes)

Activities (35 minutes)

Facilitate as students complete all The Basics modules on their own:

1. Welcome (Document)
2. Video (Video)
3. Set Sail (Puzzle)
4. Smooth Sailing (Puzzle)
5. Turn Right (Puzzle)
6. Treasure Ahoy! (Puzzle)
7. Turn Right, Turn Left (Puzzle)
8. What are Comments? (Document)
9. Turn. Turn. Turn. (Puzzle)
10. Buggy Code (Puzzle)
11. What are Naming Conventions? (Document)
12. More Bugs? (Puzzle)
13. Complete the Path (Puzzle)
14. Light it Up! (DIY)
15. Review (Document)
16. Quiz (Multiple Choice)

Discussion Questions/Follow-Up Activities (20 minutes)

U.S. Standards

  • CCSS-ELA: SL.7.1, SL.8.1, RI.9-10.3, RI.9-10.6, L.9-10.3, L.9-10.6
  • CCSS-Math: HSN.Q.A.1, HSN.Q.A.2, HSN.Q.A.3, MP.1
  • CSTA: 2-AP-13, 2-AP-17, 3A-AP-17, 3A-AP-19, 3B-AP-11, 3B-AP-12
  • CS CA: 6-8.AP.13, 6-8.AP.17, 9-12.AP.12, 9-12.AP.14, 9-12.AP.16
  • ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d

U.K. Standards

Key stage 3
Pupils should be taught to:
  • design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
  • understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem
  • undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
  • create, reuse, revise and repurpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
  • understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns
  • Key stage 4
    All pupils must have the opportunity to study aspects of information technology and computer science at sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or to a professional career. Pupils should be taught to:
  • develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
  • develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills
  • understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to report a range of concerns
  • 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.
    A sample slide presentation is available for your review. Please log in to view all the class presentations available with your plan..
    Lesson 1
    The Basics
    31 Slides
    Lesson 2
    Loops and Patterns
    36 Slides
    Lesson 3
    Conditional Logic
    39 Slides
    Lesson 4
    Conditional Loops
    26 Slides
    Lesson 5
    Variables
    28 Slides
    Lesson 6
    Expressions
    33 Slides
    Lesson 7
    Using the Canvas
    35 Slides
    Lesson 8
    User Interaction
    24 Slides
    Lesson 9
    Game Design
    30 Slides
    Lesson 10
    Snake
    29 Slides
    Lesson 11
    Breakout
    19 Slides
    Lesson 12
    Pong
    19 Slides
    Lesson 13
    Final Game
    15 Slides