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Biome Hunter

11-13 yrs old

8-10 yrs old

6-7 yrs old

Geography

Climate & Environment

Animals

As a member of the Explorer's Guild, you have been tasked with hunting for new and undiscovered biomes in the land of Minecraft.

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Submitted By: Mark Grundel

March 17, 2017

Skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning
  • Communication

External References

This is where external links are collected. For example, youtube videos or step by step tutorials on the link and description.

Minecraft Biomes Wiki
http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Biome

The link provided by Henry Hudson in game.

Biomes of the World
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/

A list of biomes of the world. Appropriate for 4th graders and up.

Biome Hunter World File
https://doc.co/yC3npc

Begin your adventure here! Join Henry Hudson at the Explorer's Guild and begin a journey of a lifetime, hunting biomes!

Supporting Files

Biome Hunter Worksheet


Editable worksheet with a table and Venn Diagram in Word Document format for students to complete digitally.

Biome Hunter Worksheet


PDF Version of the worksheet with a table and Venn Diagram for students to complete by hand.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to research and identify features of biomes.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast Real World Biomes with Minecraft Biomes.
  • Students will be able to use coordinates to navigate within Minecraft and on a map utilizing lines of longitude and latitude.
  • Students will be able to communicate their results with peers and classmates.

Guiding Ideas

What is the climate of your Biome?

How does climate affect the structure of the Biome?

How does climate affect wildlife?

How do you utilize latitude and longitude on maps and globes?

Where on the globe do you find your certain Biome?

How does the geography play a role in your Biome’s climate?

Student Activities

Students will begin by reviewing various types of biomes in the real world.  Students will research a variety of biomes and document types of animals and plants that are native to each biome. Students should document where in the world these biomes can be found. Students may incorporate lines of latitude and longitude.

Students will enter Minecraft: Education Edition in front the Explorer's Guild where they will meet Henry Hudson.  Henry Hudson will supply students with information about different types of biomes via a link. He will also give students food, resources, and goodies for their journey.  The game is meant to be played in survival mode and defaults to easy.

Students will work in teams to explore the surrounding areas and may venture as far as they would like.  The spawn point is near several biomes.  Students may choose to travel further from the safety of the Explorer's Guild if they choose.  If students die in the game, explain to them that this is a risk involved in any exploration.

Throughout their journeys, students should utilize their cameras, portfolios, and maps to document their learning by taking a picture of the biome and labeling it.  Students should also use the Biome Hunter Worksheet to record their investigations.

This lesson offers several enrichment opportunities, such as biomes native to particular regions of the world, continents, etc. You may also choose to have students document roughly where their biomes occur in the real world in comparison to lines of longitude and latitude. Further investigations could include climate and temperature.

If students are struggling, you may provide them with the following coordinates or teleport them to the following coordinates to reach these biomes:

Spawnpoint: 1466, 64, 316

Plains w/ Sunflowers: 1584, 64, 871

Swamp: 2000, 63, 316

Taiga: 2500, 94, -326

Desert: 2639, 68, -1132

Performance Expectations

Students will complete the table documenting animals and plants native to each type of biome in the real world as well as in game. Students will also complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting one biome with a deeper investigation.

Students will use their camera and portfolio to document their learning in game.

Students will use their maps to document the coordinates of each biome.

Students will communicate their results with classmates, via a discussion, presentation, blog, etc.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning
  • Communication

External References

This is where external links are collected. For example, youtube videos or step by step tutorials on the link and description.

Minecraft Biomes Wiki
http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Biome

The link provided by Henry Hudson in game.

Biomes of the World
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/

A list of biomes of the world. Appropriate for 4th graders and up.

Biome Hunter World File
https://doc.co/yC3npc

Begin your adventure here! Join Henry Hudson at the Explorer's Guild and begin a journey of a lifetime, hunting biomes!

Supporting Files

Biome Hunter Worksheet


Editable worksheet with a table and Venn Diagram in Word Document format for students to complete digitally.

Biome Hunter Worksheet


PDF Version of the worksheet with a table and Venn Diagram for students to complete by hand.

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