USE ANY VERSION OF MINECRAFT! Several Minecraftian families have suffered hardships and on this television show your students will be the team that swoop in, surprise the family and build them a new home based on their needs and wants.
This project builds huge empathy skills in students as the families they help are dealing with virtual disasters and our students have to empathize with that to successfully deliver the home that family needs most.
Students select 1 of 8 random families. (See example Family) and then on an Minecraft PC/Mac, mobile device or even personally owned online/offline device they build a dream home for their Minecraftian family in need.
This is a wonderful time for teachers to talk with their students about their build choices and how this empathy can translate into the real world.
Example: Maybe building cardboard cat shelters for their local SPCA or Pet Shelters.