Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Art and Design

History

Math & Economics

Think like a historian! Take a step back in time to explore about how buildings in your local area have changed over time.

avatar Submitted By: Hwb MLCs

April 23, 2021

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Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

Supporting Files

Blast from the Past SoW and Lesson Support


The Scheme of Work (SoW) provides an overarching view of the project and each Lesson Support document provides the granularity for each stage.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand how the local area has changed over time
  • To research local landmarks or buildings from the past
  • To plan a build in Minecraft: Education Edition based on a building or landmark from the past
  • To work collaboratively to build within in Minecraft: Education Edition
  • To use Minecraft: Education Edition features (camera, book and quill, portfolio)

Guiding Ideas

Learners will research the history of their local area and explore how it has changed over time. Using their information, learners will build a historical building in Minecraft: Education Edition, before using education features to share with a wider audience.

Introductory Questions 

  • How has the local area changed over time?
  • What has caused these changes?
  • How will you research a landmark or building from the local area?
  • Why was the building or landmark important?
  • How will you build it in Minecraft: Education Edition?

 

Student Activities

Research 2-3 hours

  • Visit the local area, observing things that are older and things that are more modern
  • Take photographs, speak to local people if able to, and make notes of interesting places/buildings
  • Choose a local feature i.e.place/building and gather information about it
  • Present findings as a digital story to show how the building has changed over time e.g. Microsoft Sway, PowerPoint

Planning – 2 hours

  • Work collaboratively and use self-regulation to plan their build i.e. breaking down the task into simpler steps, discussing which tools / blocks etc. they will use
  • Use squared paper to create plans and include:
    • The area and perimeter of their buildings
    • The properties of the blocks used

The Build – 2 hours

  • Join a shared world in Minecraft: Education Edition and decide where to build their local feature (place/building) in relation to other groups build
  • Work collaboratively to build their historical representation of their local building or landmark

Creating Information – 2 hours

  • Collate their research to create an information text (using Sway, PowerPoint, One Note) about their chosen feature. This should include photos and information about how the feature was used and how it has changed
  • Place NPC’s in the Minecraft: Education edition and to link their information text

Time Travelling Tourists – 1 hour

  • In the shared world, learners visit the buildings created by other groups, interacting with NPC’s to access and read the external documents
  • Use the camera to take photographs of the feature. Then use the book and quill to add text explaining how the feature has changed over time
  • Export book and quill and share with their teacher

 

 

Performance Expectations

See supporting resources for more information on assessment etc.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

Supporting Files

Blast from the Past SoW and Lesson Support


The Scheme of Work (SoW) provides an overarching view of the project and each Lesson Support document provides the granularity for each stage.