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Area and Volume

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Math & Economics

Use Minecraft to create and solve problems involving area and volume.

avatar Submitted By: Minecraft Education

August 22, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Area and Volume Minecraft World

Minecraft world file. Download and open with Minecraft: Education Edition to import the world.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will recognize volume as an attribute of three-dimensional space.
  • Students will be able to write and interpret numerical expressions.
  • Students will understand that volume can be measured by finding the total number of same-size units of volume required to fill the space without gaps or overlaps.

Guiding Ideas

Introduce the concept of area and volume. Explain to students that volume can be measured by finding the total number of same-size units of volume required to fill the space without gaps or overlaps.

Student Activities

Have students load the supplied Minecraft world fie. Use this world as a visual representation to help students understand the concepts of area and volume.

Use the mathematical formulas to solve each of the puzzles. Students should write the answers on the nearby chalkboards and take a screenshot or use the in-game camera to document their work. To simply this process, have students number the puzzles and write their answers on a piece of paper.

Once they have completed each of the puzzles, have students work in pairs. Each student will create their own puzzle using blocks within Minecraft, and have their partner try to solve.

As an extension, students could also use Code Connection and the Agent to build their shapes.

Performance Expectations

By solving the puzzles and creating their own, students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of volume as an attribute of three-dimensional  space.
  • Be able to write and interpret numerical expressions.
  • Understand that volume can be measured by finding the total  number of same-size units of volume required to fill the space without  gaps or overlaps.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Area and Volume Minecraft World

Minecraft world file. Download and open with Minecraft: Education Edition to import the world.