Lesson Plan

Number Zoo

Students will demonstrate NUMERACY concepts via Minecraft EDU
Joel S.
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Village East Community Elementary School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to demonstrate NUMERACY and  NUMBERS in a variety of different ways.

Grades 3 - 6
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1 What is a Number?

  • Begin by discussing the three different ways to represent a number (Symbolic, Quantitative, and Verbal). Use the TEACHING GUIDE  PDF to review these concepts and go through each stage of this project.
  • Next, put students in groups of TWO to work collaboratively on this project.
  • Students will choose ONE number that will be represented 7 different ways (hint: it's easier to choose even numbers or non-prime numbers)
Student Instructions

Work in teams of 2 to create a variety of methods to display a number:

  • Addition / Multiplication
  • Subtraction / Division
  • Pattern Blocks
  • Planting Seeds and Flowers
  • Building the number
  • Write a story problem with your numbers as the answer

Use this NUMBER ZOO CHECKLIST to be sure you have included all requirements.


2 Build It

Once students have an understanding of number concepts, it's time to start building! Use the NUMBER ZOO world template, which can be downloaded HERE. All supporting documents, screenshots, and YouTube videos can be found in the Minecraft World Library.