Build and Share a Community

Build and Share a Community

3-5 yrs old

6-7 yrs old

8-10 yrs old

Art and Design

Math & Economics


Sharing a community with class members. Students design and build their own home following the success criteria which caters to all levels.

avatar Submitted By: Kylie McCarthy

July 10, 2018


  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

Learning Objectives

  • EN2-1A – Student communicates in a range of informal and formal contexts by adopting a range of roles in group, classroom, school and community contexts.
  • EN2-12E – Student recognises and uses an increasing range of strategies to reflect on their own and others’ learning.
  • STe-2DP-T Student develops solutions to an identified need.
  • -Students will master the Minecraft fundamentals. -They will design and build their own home in a shared community space. -Students will collaborate and communicate with their peers to build a shared community. -Students will make design changes from feedback received from their peers.

Guiding Ideas

This lesson is for a classroom beginning to use Minecraft collaboratively. It caters to students of mixed abilities in Minecraft from beginners to experts.

Students are to complete the Minecraft Tutorial lesson. Even the expert Minecraft students may learn a thing or two in here OR they could be part of a select few who are the experts and move around helping the beginners.

Student Activities

Once students have been through the Tutorial World, introduce them to their classes own Starter Town (downloadable from the World library) on a big screen. Fly across briefly to show pieces of it and to build excitement. Show students snippets of the town buildings and finish at the plots of land. Letting students know this is where they will be building their own home. Show students the list of items they are to hunt for in their new town, this helps with orientation.

Success Criteria:

I have explored and found...School, Fire Brigade, City Hall, Police Station, Hospital, Watermill, White zig-zag bridge and the plots numbered 1-30 (Display as a poster, print and put up on board or IWB).

Once students have explored and found all the buildings they can find the plots of land and choose one that will be theirs. The student is to place a sign on the block stating their name.

Students then begin to build their home. They are to include items off the checklist, these become trickier to build as the list continues, catering for a variety of levels.

Success Criteria cont:

I have built a house which has...four walls, door, roof, windows, chest, bed, flower pot and tree, two stories, ladder, pictures, table and chairs, Basement, Fancy patterned floor and a Brewing stand- craft in it a strength potion (Display as a poster, print and put up on board or IWB).

Over a few sessions students T.A.G each other regularly for feedback, thoughts and ideas on their work with their peers.

T: Tell something you like

A: Ask a question

G: Give a suggestion

Refer to Austin’s butterfly for a great clip on the benefits of feedback.

Once completed, students can walk their peers through their homes demonstrating their features and favourite parts. The student could do a walkthrough of their building videoing it, using PowerPoint Screen Recording and explaining the building process.

Possible Issues:

Students not being confident in Minecraft and knocking things down by accident and not knowing how to fix it. Fix: We started a culture straight up that you don’t visit other’s homes unless invited and if you knocked something down by accident you fixed it OR physically went to the owner and apologise OR put a sign saying ‘Sorry, Kylie was here ☹’. This has been a great lesson through Minecraft on owning your mistakes.

Students who are familiar with Minecraft using the Invisible potion to visit other’s homes. Fix: Implementing a rule straight up that it is not allowed. This is hard to police.

Students building into other student’s space, above ground and underground. Fix: We discussed the cause and effect of this problem and how to be cautious of building next to your neighbour.

Performance Expectations

  • Students will collaborate and communicate with their peers as a community in their town. Being aware of their actions on others.
  • Students will work from the success criteria building their own unique home.
  • Students develop and enhance their creativity and imagination skills.
  • Students will master the Minecraft fundamentals.
  • Students will present their PowerPoint presentation to their peers.


  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Communication