Looking to add computer science into ELA? Write and code a choose your own adventure story in Scratch!
You can download your blocks in PNG and SVG formats using the Export buttons. The PNG format is good for plugging and playing. You can insert this type of image into just about any program/app. SVG is a vector format that needs to be opened with more specialized programs and exported into a more common format before it can be inserted into other apps/programs. SVG files offer more editing capabilities, such as making the shapes larger or changing their text.
In the editor, type one block per line. For most blocks, type the exact words that appear in the Scratch blocks. This page lists what needs to be typed for each type of block. Here are a few general-purpose blocks:
when flag clicked
Text placeholders go inside of
say [Hello world!]
Number placeholders go inside of
wait (3) seconds
If you’re planning to make Scratch materials in Google Docs or Slides, I used Tim Radvan’s generator to create two add-ons that you can use to generate blocks directly in those apps. To use them, follow these steps:
Set the image size you’d like to download. Bigger numbers produce larger, more clear pictures but may slow down Google Docs/Slides depending on the number of blocks in your image.
This add-on is attached to the individual document/slideshow you copy. If you’d like to use it in another Docs/Slides file, you’ll need to make another copy. You won’t see the “Scratch Blocks” menu in documents/presentations unless they are copies of the above templates. You’ll need to authorize the script to run in each copy you make.