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Design a Labyrinth

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Art and Design

History

Reading and Writing

Students design mazes filled with dead ends, obstacles, hazards, and other challenges.

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November 1, 2016

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Wikipedia on Labyrinth

See this link from Wikipedia to find other resources to discover to learn more about labyrinths.

Learning Objectives

  • Students are able to understand the importance of labyrinth as a symbol in literature, and folklore.
  • Students are able to imagine and design their own labyrinth in collaboration with other student(s).

Guiding Ideas

Introduce students to the challenge. Show examples of labyrinths. Pair students together or allow them to choose partners.

Ask students to consider what elements will they will deem important when they design their own labyrinth.

 

 

Student Activities

Brainstorm:

Have groups imagine various obstacles for their labyrinths. How will they mark the start and end areas? Let them do some sketching and planning with graph paper use it as a tool to figure out who's responsible for what parts of the maze.

 

Prototype:

Have students enter the game and find a space to build. Be sure no one goes too far away but that everyone

still feels comfortable with their proximity to their neighbors. As they build, float around to offer support. Be sure

students are titling and signing their work.

 

Share:

Pair each group with another group and have them play each others' mazes. Ask them to leave glows and grows signs, paying special attention to the challenge: Was it too hard, too easy, or just right?

Performance Expectations

Reflection:

Give students some time to look at the feedback, make final adjustments to their work, and to take screenshots

to document what they achieved. Have them play the other finished mazes with the remaining time.

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Wikipedia on Labyrinth

See this link from Wikipedia to find other resources to discover to learn more about labyrinths.