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October 31, 2016

- Students will learn about different aspects of fractions (before making their fraction story)
- Students will show understanding of how fractions are used in their everyday life and language.
- Students will demonstrate clear communication of math work.

**Create new creative world with an example house and assignment boards for the students. **

- Ex: Build a house where half the walls are red and half the walls are blue. Place a NPC in the house. Write the assignment on a board. Writhe the beginning of your story on another board: “A man lives in a house where ½ of the walls are red and ½ of the walls are blue.

**Part 1: Fraction work before story telling: **

- Understanding the concept of fractions by working on the subject:
- What is a fraction: written and drawn fraction; comparing fractions
- Outside Minecraft: Using centicubes, graph paper.
- Inside Minecraft: Building fractions based on instructions.

- What is a fraction: written and drawn fraction; comparing fractions

**Part 2: Working on fraction story in pairs or small groups: **

- Show example house in creative world to class, go through assignments
**Assignment:**Make a fraction story. Build a house and have fractions build into the interior, garden, food etc. You will get ‘world builder’ ability so you can make boards and NPCs.

- Example house also features the beginning of a fraction story for inspiration. “A man lives in a house where ½ of the walls are red and ½ of the walls are blue.”
- Have pairs find a building space in the world – remind them not to build too close to each other.
- Give students ‘world builder’ ability, so they can use NPC’s and boards for their story telling.
- Students will build and write a story that incorporates fractions.

**Part 3: Presentation: **

- Students and/or the teacher uses the camera and portfolio to document the story.
- Results can be shared with Power Point, Sway or another presentation media.

**Evidence of Learning **

- By building a living space the students show understanding of how fractions and math are a part of their everyday life.
- Screenshots/in game pictures/screencast showing the connection between what is written and what is build
- Some students will write simple text; others will write more elaborate stories where they use fractions in describing what they build.

**Curriculum Extensions **

- Have students plan out their build on paper before they start building in Minecraft.
- Require that other parts of math are used in the story.
- Require a specific amount of fractions that need to be in the story.
- Have students build their story – not write, then have other students visit and find and write the story.
- Have students write fraction stories then have someone else build it.