Tech Lesson 08-5:  Creating a Dance Animation with Scratch


Beethoven's 5th from Fantasia 2000

Bach's D minor Fastasia from Fantasia (1940)

Mr. Michaud's Example of Mozart's Eine Kliene 1st Movement

Student Animation Example

Demonstrates understanding of basic technology and telecommunication tools
Operates Basic technology tools and applications

CSTA Level I Standard 4: (3rd to 5th) Use general purpose productivity tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, remediate skill deficits, and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum.
CSTA Level I Standard 5: (3rd to 5th) Use technology tools for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create presentations, and publishing activities to create presentations for audiences inside and outside the classroom.

Identify musical sections and form.
Create Scratch Motion Sequences using coordinate system.
Use distance and angles to create circular motion paths.
Create a Dance Animation to a musical selection's Form that uses different objects and methods to illustrate each musical section.
Define methods and coordinate with Broadcast or function calls to align with recorded music.

Project Requirements:
1.  Identify form of Musical Selection using letters.
2.  Create a dance animation with Scratch or Alice that has at least 2 objects and movement methods for the A and B sections.
3.  Import music sound file into scratch and use broadcast commands to coordinate movement scripts with music.

Project Extras:
1.  Use at least 4 sprites and movement methods for A,B,C, and D sections.
2.  Create changing backgrounds or stages.

Process:  (Student Directions)
1.  Play "March from Nutcracker" for students.  Teach basic dance:
A Section: Hold hand and march around
B Section: Double arm swing
C Section: Pat partners hands 8 times (high 5), Pat own lap 8 times.
D Section: Elbow swing in 8 counts.

2.  Listen to music again - have students write form:

3.  Demonstrate Scratch animation video.

4. Create Sprite in Scratch that glides across screen with A section of music.

5. Students create Sprites and Methods for A and B sections.

6. Students save work with "Lastname Dance Teachername"

Script Samples for Dancing:


Students create and save dance animation with at least 2 sprites and movement methods aligned with music

Students create and save dance animation with more that 2 sprites and backgrounds that align with music.