3-5 yrs old
6-7 yrs old
8-10 yrs old
Art and Design
Reading and Writing
This lesson is designed to provide an opportunity to mix world building with storytelling while using many of the Minecraft: Education Edition tools.
June 18, 2019
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.
Sample Student Project: Hansel and Gretel
Student project - Hansel and Gretel. Play through this new version of the classic created by a group of 7th grade students.
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: