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Introduction to Scratch and how to do a simple 2d animation

Explain that Scratch is free software from MIT. Students can download it from Exlain that it comes with many example projects and the web site has a ton more projects that you can even download and modify. You can share your Scratch project on the website by creating a free user account (parents must approve for 13 years old).

There are lots of great materials on the website for learning Scratch. See for how to get started, videos, cards, and much more.

Here is a video tutorial for doing a simle animation with a background image change and playing a music loop: 2D-animation.mp4
There is a similar video tutorial at
Also see Scratch 3 hour elementary-workshop details