Scratch Jr. allows students to create stories with characters and backgrounds using programming blocks. Students connect the programming blocks together to create a script that will tell their characters what to do. The script is then tested by the student and changed until the desired results are achieved.
I began our dive into the world of coding by printing out the programming block images available on the Scratch Jr. website. You may find them here. Our first coding lesson was held outside without an iPad in hand. My students were my characters and had to move according to what blue movement block I held up. It was a fun and active way of introducing the meaning of the movement blocks.