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Base Ten Puzzles

8-10 yrs old

Math & Economics

Students take part in a game show mini game. Inside they will learn how to solve problems using base-ten numerals.

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avatar Submitted By: Minecraft Education

February 10, 2020

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Minecraft World File

Download the world and open with Minecraft: Education Edition.

Engage NY Link

Associated Engage NY module and lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • Common Core Standard 4.NBT.A.2 Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

Guiding Ideas

Start by investigating these questions with your students:

1) How do I read base 10 numbers in Minecraft?

2) What strategies can you use to make comparing numbers easy?

Student Activities

To begin, students will load the attached Minecraft Math Gladiators world. They will enter the hub area, then speak to the NPC named Level 1. Students will complete Level 1 and Level 2 as part of this lesson on Base Ten numbers.

Level 1: Base Ten Numbers

This group of lessons is based on a Math game show theme. Once the students are in the world they will encounter Mark Bigglesworth game show host who will ask them if they want to start the level or watch the tutorial on how to read base 10 numbers in Minecraft. Inside the level they will find 4 Minecraft math models of base 10 numbers. Students will read these numbers, document the Minecraft math models with pictures, and answer the questions in the NPCs. Answering correctly with transport players to Level 2.

Level 2 Zombie Battles and Number Comparison

In level 2 Mark Bigglesworth will give you a choice to enter the world or watch the video on number comparisons using > = < symbols. Students will enter level 2 with an iron sword and chestplate along with several zombies. Quickly answer the math problems or fight off the Zombies. Answer each problem correctly to complete.

Bonus

Co-Teaching: If a student has mastered the idea on how to read and build a math model, pair them up with a student who is still struggling and have them build and practice the math models in their own world.

 

Performance Expectations

Based on explanations from the students notebooks, pictures, and videos, the student was able to:

  • Complete each math problem in Level 1
  • Read, write, and compare base 10 numbers using the > = < symbols.

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Minecraft World File

Download the world and open with Minecraft: Education Edition.

Engage NY Link

Associated Engage NY module and lesson.

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