A way to FINALLY let students use Minecraft in a way directly correlated with the Common Core Standards!
This Minecraft lesson is compatible with ALL versions of Minecraft, free or paid. If using the free version, the only step that students will not be able to complete are the steps involving a sign to label points on the coordinate plane. An easy fix -- just have students type the coordinates on a word document.
This is a free version of one of my Minecraft lesson plans. I designed and wrote the curriculum for the class I teach, Literacy Math. In Literacy Math, I teach Math and ELA Common Core Standards -- through the use of Minecraft! This lesson, and any other I post, are actual lessons I have used with entire classrooms full of students, or small groups I call my "Minecraft Beta Testing Team."
The Coordinate Plane Lesson is in the format:
Standard- Which Common Core Math standards are covered.
Length - How long the project will take.
Recommended Use- How teachers should use the activity (extension, small group, review, whole instruction, etc.)
Research - The words, phrases, and key concepts students should research before beginning the Minecraft project. The research portion of the projects are critical and really help students get a feel for what they are about to be building on Minecraft.
Build - What students will be building! Extensive instructions with screenshots provided of what a build should look like.
Guiding Questions - Questions teachers should ask the students as they build. These questions are related to the Common Core and help students stay focused and on task while they build (also provide time for 1:1 teacher student interaction!).
Extension Activities - What to do with students who finish fast/excel at a build.
What to watch out for - tips for teachers unfamiliar with Minecraft that will help avoid many frustration
Below all Teacher Instruction sheets are Student Instruction sheets. The student instruction sheets are meant to be given to the students. The instructions are written in a way that allows the teacher to simply hand the instruction to the student and have them build! No teacher input required, although the screenshots provided in the teacher instructions might help the student, even if the teacher does not know how to play Minecraft.
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