3-5 yrs old
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Art and Design
Reading and Writing
This lesson is designed to provide an opportunity to mix world building with sotrytelling while using many of the Minecraft: Education Edition tools.
February 2, 2017
This is where external links are collected. For example, youtube videos or step by step tutorials on the link and description.
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Extensive list of Grimm's Fairy Tales with links to the text for each.
Aaron Shepp's Folk Tales
List of folk tales provided by Aaron Shepp with links to text for each.
List of Aesop's Fables broken into different sections. Over 650 fables. Text for each and audio available for many.
Storynory Fairy Tales
Collection of fairy tales and fables including Aesop, The Brothers' Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, etc.
Minecraft: Education Edition toolbar
Narrative tools loaded into the toolbar
screenshot of /op command
/ability worldbuilder command
screenshot of /ability worldbuilder command in use
How can we use a tool like minecraft to create an immersive story experience for the reader?
Can coding skills / concepts be combined to create a more immersive interactive experience?
Teacher will provide a short demonstration of the use of the world builder and narrative tools in Minecraft: Education Edition:
Students will form groups and re-create their favorite fairy tale or children's story in Minecraft. Students will build the world and incorporate narrative. As an extension activity, students can add elements using redstone and other tools to create a more interactive experience for the reader.
It is ok for students to modify the story. As a teacher, I tend to allow students to alter the general assignment as long as the general learning objectives are reached. When students ask to create their own story, I suggest that they stay with a story they know as it allows them to get right into the project, but if they are determined to write an original story that is fine as well. It is advisable for them to follow the guidelines of a well known story first and write and create a world based on their own story as a follow up activity. My students ultimately write a design document and create their own game, so this serves as a good warm up activity in terms of understanding the importance of narrative.
All students will submit a completed story as a .mcworld file. Expectations include the following:
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