Discovering Democracy

Discovering Democracy

11-13 yrs old

Art and Design

Government and Politics

Math & Economics

This lesson by Nathan Gourzelas, Eltham East Primary School completes a mini-unit where students create a country and design its symbols of democracy.

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April 27, 2021

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Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Create Your Own Country Mini Unit


Full mini unit plan

Maths – Building Design


Lessons to be done after mini-unit where students design a government building and monument

Discovering Democracy Minecraft Project Teacher Support


Information for teachers about Minecraft component

Discovering Democracy Minecraft Project – Students


PowerPoint file to support students once they have designed and are ready to start building

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Plan and design your country’s main government building and most famous landmark.
  • 2. Use Minecraft for Education to build, and reflect on your progress after each lesson.
  • 3. Explain the reasons why your design was chosen.

Guiding Ideas

What kinds of structures can be landmarks?
How can landmarks or buildings represent a community’s beliefs, history or struggles?
In what ways does your landmark or building represent your country?

Student Activities

This lesson culminates a full unit of work on democracy. The details for teaching this full unit, it’s curriculum, learning intentions, assessment strategies and Minecraft activity, can be found in the attached Supporting Files.

The lesson will start off in Maths, where students will design their country’s main government building and most famous landmark on grid paper. They will only have limited sessions of building in Minecraft after they have designed in Maths, so should not plan anything that is way too detailed and can’t be achieved in the timeframe.

Process:

  1. After learning about government related topics, complete the “Create your own country” mini-unit. Created countries should be very detailed with every feature of a real country.
  2. When all countries are complete, show students the Discovering Democracy Minecraft Project – Students.pdf file. This will give students the outline of the project (2 maths sessions, 4 building sessions and 1 optional gallery walk).
  3. Start with Maths – Building Design where students will need grid paper to draw diagrams of both their government building and country’s main monument. The powerpoint has a few examples of famous buildings constructed in Minecraft.
  4. Four sessions to build their designs. After each session of building, they are to track their progress by completing the reflection located at the bottom of the Discovering Democracy Minecraft Project – Teachers.doc
  5. Gallery walk + grading rubric (also towards the bottom of the Discovering Democracy Minecraft Project – Teachers.doc document) where students can display their creations to the class and use the rubric to be graded, either by themselves, peers and/or the teacher.

Performance Expectations

Students:

  • Design both structures on paper
  • Focus and stick to building structures
  • Constructions fully completed and reflected on after each building session
  • Are able to present and explain the final builds

 

Victorian Curriculum

Civics and Citizenship

  • Government and Democracy
  • Citizenship, Diversity and Identity

Mathematics

  • Measurement and Geometry

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Create Your Own Country Mini Unit


Full mini unit plan

Maths – Building Design


Lessons to be done after mini-unit where students design a government building and monument

Discovering Democracy Minecraft Project Teacher Support


Information for teachers about Minecraft component

Discovering Democracy Minecraft Project – Students


PowerPoint file to support students once they have designed and are ready to start building