Lesson Plan

Design Your School Using Minecraft EDU

In this practical math, science, and engineering lesson, students will measure the school building, draft it on paper, build it with legos and then re-create it in Minecraft.
Susan R.
Classroom teacher
Lebanon High School
Lebanon, NH
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Objectives
  1. Students will be able to use measurements and ratios to recreate an actual building  in Minecraft.
  2. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of building to scale and proper proportions in engineering concepts.
  3. Students will apply visualizing comprehension to illustrate their understanding.
  4. Students will demonstrate collaborative skills and teamwork in compiling data and information to complete the task.

 

Subjects
Math
Science
Arts
Grades 5 - 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Gather your Data

Activity: Investigating

For this step you will need to provide: 

  • Walking Wheel Tape Measure or other tape measure capable of easily measuring the outside dimensions of your building
  • Notepad and clipboard
  • Digital Camera(s)

Organize students in group or assign duties:

Measurer, recorder for writing down measurements on the artists rendition,  photo recorders (students take pictures displaying all outside walls of building), and artist extraordinaire to sketch the building in which to record the dimensions on.

You may want to spend one class period just walking the building and noting features, while the artist and picture takers do their work.  Then follow with another class period to get the actual dimensions and record them.

The pictures can be loaded to a Presentational software as a photo album to be used as a reference later (or on days of inclement weather). 

 

 

Student Instructions

Students gather data and information about the building that will be recreated by taking pictures, recording dimensions, and noting features of the building.

They should load all digital photos to a presentational software as a photo album to be used a reference material later.

 

2 Apply data and Information

SketchUp
Free, Paid

Using Tinkercad or Sketchup (or similar app or website) have students recreate the building to scale applying 3D modeling techniques.

Student Instructions

Students apply scale to render a 3D model of the building applying ratios, visual order and analysis, and modeling techniques of the building they have gathered dimensional data on. 

3 Build a live 3D rendering of the building with Legos

Activity: Creating

Students will apply what they have learned in building their to-scale 3D renderings of the building to re-create a scale model using Legos.

Students should analyze the progress of the project periodically and suggest changes using their information to date and 3D models as support.

Student Instructions

Students now should apply what they have learned in building their to-scale 3D renderings of the building to re-create a scale model using Legos.

This part of the project requires a high level of collaboration.  Perhaps, assigning sections of the building to small teams or individuals can work on different sections at the same time (similar to working on a puzzle).  

Students should discuss the progress as it goes and make suggestions for changes using their information to date and 3D models as support.

4 Building your building in Minecraft

In this step of the project, students will re-create the building they should now be very familiar with and label it as the School building.  This building may become central in your student's overall experience in Minecraft.  It may be a place they go for shelter, or to acquire new tools, etc.

Prior to building students should come to an agreement on the appropriate scale for the project.

Student Instructions

Students should apply math and engineering concepts as well as illustrating visual conception in re-creating the building in Minecraft.  

Prior to building students should come to an agreement on the appropriate scale for the project.

5 Peer assessment

Use Teammates (or other resource)  to have students peer assess/evaluate each other's contributions to, and collaboration on, the project and/or  individual student's Minecraft build. 

Assessment Topic suggestions: 

Accuracy, realistic-ness, scale, supported suggestions, teamwork level (contributions), etc.

Student Instructions

Peer-to-Peer assessment of project.

6 Reflection

Use an online tool such as Writeonline.ca/  to prompt students through the reflective learning process, or consider a  Blog format such as WordPress for individual or collaborative reflection (or use a word processor or form that you might usually use).  What did they do well, how did they overcome obstacles, what interfered with collaboration, what was their individual learning process like, etc.

Student Instructions

Students write a reflection regarding their own learning in this project.