8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Math & Economics
Lesson design by Adrian Quirk, Morwell Park Primary School, ably assisted by a “Minecraft Mad” son Archie who turned Dad’s ideas into an awesome world
April 27, 2021
Importing and Exporting Your Worlds
A guide to exporting and importing Minecraft world files
Learn to Play: Using the Book and Quill
A video to demonstrate recording progress.
Gr5 bridge building challenge.mcworld
Access the 6 bridge building challenges in this file
In the Minecraft world the children will work their way through a series of bridge build challenges with levels of increasing difficulty. Along the way there are things to discover and prizes to find.
This lesson was the Minecraft component of a science/physics unit on bridge building during which different types of bridges were explored and constructed with material such as straws, newspaper, LEGO etc, having their strength and durability tested. The Minecraft challenges allow the students to demonstrate their understandings of the science/physics both in the world build, listening to peer conversations and through the teacher questioning students while building.
Students can also evidence their learning and progress using tools in Minecraft. They can capture build images for each completed challenge (using the camera in the inventory) to create a portfolio of images. These images can then readily be captioned and included in a Minecraft book with either reflection and/or explanations of the physical sciences demonstrated in each build and any challenges they faced. These can then be exported to a classroom collection area or student class portfolio.
Possible extension activity Have students program the agent using code to build each of these bridges, still answering the challenge requirements for each.
The gamified progress in the Bridge Building Challenge can be tracked in a physical class chart on a wall in the class to share progress along the 6 challenges.
The Bridge Building Challenge could be a fitting assessment task on the end of the physical sciences unit if students develop a book to evidence their work and science understandings on each challenge.
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