8-10 yrs old
Math & Economics
Design and solve a two-step word problem by building it as scene in Minecraft.
March 6, 2019
Minecraft World File
Download the world and open with Minecraft: Education Edition.
Common Core Standard Link
Engage NY Link
Associated Engage NY module and lesson.
Word Problem Mad Lib Multiplication
Hand out the Word Problem Design Sheet Packet and walk your students through the word problem MathLib on page 1. Next, unveil the Big Idea:
Some problems take more than one step to solve.
NOTE: This lesson and Minecraft World were designed as a stage to build any kind of word problem, and is not limited to just multi-step word problems. Please use this same lesson on other concepts such as two-step word problems.
Students will go into a world with a partner and will build and peer review math models for 4 multi step step problems. There are videos to help show how to build the math models in the NPCs
Plan the build
After they solve and check their problem with a peer who did the same problem,they will become building partners and plan their build together by:
a. Changing the characters and the numbers (if they want)
b. Changing the setting (if they want)
c. Drawing the set with a math model
Build the Problem in Minecraft
Partners work together and build the word problem that has:
a. The problem written on a slate
b. The equation on a slate (a x b)+c=d (4x242)+134=1102 and make the math models
c. A setting
d. NPCs as characters (if they finish their builds with time to spare, make the NPCs talk)
Once time has been called, each group will check out another group’s word problem:
a. Is the math correct and how do I know?
b. Is the math model correct?
c. Does the story make sense?
d. What ideas can I think of to improve this set?
e. What ideas did I learn from looking at this set?
Best Practices: Things like set building ideas, math, and story are all things that can be learned or taught, so lead the students to these topics if they are having trouble thinking of ideas to add.
Make a Video explaining your problem.
a) The video should be less then two minutes
The teacher will facilitate a discussion of what the students learned.
The student did all seven of the following:
1. The student was able to identify what mathematical operations to use to solve the problem.
2. The student was able to deconstruct a word problem by identifying the characters, likely setting, the problem, the number family, and the variables.
3. The student was able to independently read and solve a two- step word problem.
4. The student was able to complete the four-question worksheet for homework.
5. The student provided valuable feedback during peer review
6. The student was able to build a word problem story set in Minecraft. The story sets must include:
a. A set that showed the character and setting out of the word problems
b. Use of NPCs to get their characters to have a conversation about the word problem
c. At least one Minecraft math model that represented the math of the word problem
7. The student exhibited higher level thinking skills such as:
a. Was able to explain the associative or distributive property
b. Created a unique math model
c. Wrote their own word problem
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