8-10 yrs old
Math & Economics
Students will build roads that are 0.2 kilometers long and write equations to figure out how many blocks they will need.
April 30, 2019
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Common Core Standard Link 5.OA.A.1
Common Core Standard Link 5.OA.A.2
Common Core Standard Link 5.MD.A.1
Common Core Standard Link 5.OA.B.3
Engage NY Link
Associated Engage NY module and lesson: module 2 topic d lesson 13
Associated Engage NY module and lesson: module 2 topic b lesson 3
1) How can we find out how many meters are in a kilometer?
2) How can we find out how many blocks we would have to gather to build a road that is 0.2 kilometers long?
3) What do decimals mean in measurement?
4) How can algebra help us build a road?
Step 1) Survey the Land
Open the world and have students explore the world and figure out where they would like there road to go. This should not take long and students can also talk about what kind of biomes and land structures they see.
Step 2) The Worksheet
The step begins when we unveil the problem of how many blocks we need to collect to build a road that is 0.2 kilometers long. Hand out the worksheet and work with students on how to write equations for each step.
1 meter of the road will be made out of 2 whole blocks and 3 slabs. 1 whole block can be crafted into 2 slabs so slabs are a ½ a block.
Blocks could equal 2 times meters.
Slabs could be equal to the product of 3 times meters divided by 2
At the end of the worksheet the students must compare their equation to a fictional characters equation. The characters equation is correct so you can use that to help you understand how to write the equation for a road. (m=200 meter)
R= (2xM) + (3xM)/2
Step 3) Get the Blocks
Now that the equation have been written and solved, your students will now know they need to gather at least 700 blocks to build a road that is 0.2 meters. Students will get into groups of four and chose to be a lumberjack, a miner, or a sandman. Click the buttons on the NPC named Jude Washington and get your gear.
Lumberjacks collect lots of
b) flowers dye
Miners collect lots of
a) Stone or all kinds
Sandmen collect lots or
Step 4 Build Roads
All teams will be called to their village and groups will begin to make their 0.2 kilometer roads. The jobs are Block Placers, Slab Pavers, Land Levelers
Land Levelers will make the land in front of the road flat
a) Use shovel to dig out bumps in the land that get into way or the road.
b) Make sure the land is always flat at least 5 blocks wide, so the road will fit on it.
c) Fill in the land with dirt if there is a whole or dip in the land.
Block Placers will place the outer curb blocks always leaving an space of exactly 3 between blocks so the slabs can be filled in.
Slab Pavers will fill in 3 slabs between the curbs.
1) The student was able to work in groups and build a 0.2 kilometer road.
2) The student was able to convert measurements between meters and kilometers
3) The student was able to write algebraic equations to help them find out how many blocks they will need to gather for the road.
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