Building a Castle

Building a Castle

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Computer Science

History

Reading and Writing

Castles can tell us a lot about how our people from the past used to live. Can you use computer science skills to build your own?

avatar Submitted By: Hwb MLCs

April 27, 2021

Download Assets

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Build a Castle 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

  • Learners understand the historical aspects of a local castle
  • Plan a Minecraft build collaboratively using Excel online
  • Program Agent to build in Minecraft: Education Edition
  • Use Education features in Minecraft: Education Edition to share information with an audience

Guiding Ideas

Learners will learn about a local castle and think about why it was built. Using research, learners work collaboratively to plan and build a castle. Learners will develop computational thinking through developing code to support their builds.

Introductory Questions:

  • Why was the castle built in this location?
  • What areas were in a castle and what were they use for?
  • How will you work collaboratively to build your castle in Minecraft?
  • How could we use Agent to build part of the castle?
  • How will you present your information to visitors?

 

Student Activities

Introduction and Research 2+ hrs.

  • Learners work collaboratively research historical information about a castle

Planning 2+ hrs.

  • Learners use research to plan a representation of a castle to build in Minecraft: Education Edition
  • Learners label and annotate design to include historical features

Using Agent 2 hrs.

  • Learners plan and develop algorithms to code Agent to build specific parts of the castle
  • Learners trial their code in a Minecraft world, debugging the code to identify errors

Building the Castle 2 hrs.

  • Learners use plan to build their castles in a collaborative Minecraft: Education Edition world
  • Learners use algorithms from previous stage to program Agent to build parts of the castle
  • Learners use chalkboards and NPC’s to share information about their castle with visitors

Adding Information to the worlds 2 hrs.

  • Learners use Chalkboards and NPCs in Minecraft: Education Edition to describe the various elements of their castle build

Evaluation and Presentation 2 hrs.

  • Learners evaluate castles against their original planning
  • Learners present their castle to an audience using a book and quill

 

Performance Expectations

Please see the supporting resources for details on Assessment and Expectations

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Build a Castle 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.