Grade 3

Earth Day Coding With Google

Innovative Designer, Empowered Learner & Computational Thinker
Google and World Globe


How does Google design their logo? You will become the creator and code your way to a new Google Logo using Scratch.

Scratch is a free tool from MIT. It is a visual programming language and online community targeted primarily at children. Using Scratch, users can create online projects and develop them into almost anything by using a simple block-like interface. 

Students will:

  • Understand about basic coding using the coding program SCRATCH.

  • Be able to create their own GOOGLE logo using the scratch coding program.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Logo: A logo is a graphic representation or symbol of a company name, trademark, abbreviation, etc., often uniquely designed for ready recognition

To prepare for this lesson:

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Show students the video explaining why Google uses the logo they do.

  2. Explain to students, “Today you will be creating your own google image for EARTH DAY!”

  3. Have students watch the how-to video

  4. Demonstrate how to open the starter project.

  5. Demonstrate how to alter the letters in the logo.

  6. Give students time to create their own logo.

  7. Have students download logo to their computer.

  8. Students can post in a learning management system, print, post on a board, etc.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Use this Exit Ticket

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner
1a. understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Innovative Designer
4a. know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
4b. select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
4c. develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.

Computational Thinker
5d. understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Apps. Extensions, Add-ons

Google Logo Project

Google Video on why Google uses the Google Logo



The students will write about how their logo came to be.

The students will draw their own Google logo on paper.

The students will create a Google logo of mathematical shapes. 

The students will create a Google logo using animals.

The students with teacher assistance will research "What can I learn about Google?"

This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Community Schools. September 2018.