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Geometry - Points Lines Planes

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Math & Economics

As an early activity in the school year, students can be given the chance to visualize points, segments, rays, lines, and planes in a Minecraft world.

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avatar Submitted By: Adam Casbarian

August 7, 2020

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Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Geometry - Points Lines Planes.mcworld.zip


This is a pre-made world with exploration problems and a prescribed path built in with students starting at the schoolhouse.

Learning Objectives

  • This is a one day activity. The primary objective is to visualize key abstract concepts such as infinite length lines, rays, and the idea of planes. Additionally, how those interact through intersections.

Guiding Ideas

Through this explorative building activity, students can begin to answer the following questions:

How can a line intersect a plane?  How can two lines intersect?  What does it mean to have opposite rays?  How is a line different than a segment?  How does an endpoint "lock" down the location of a shape?

Student Activities

This is a one day activity for older students and possibly a two day activity for younger.  It can be completed alone or with a partner.  Students will walk through a series of challenges and will take screen shots of each completed task.

The activities scaffold in difficulty.

Performance Expectations

As this is a pretty structured world, you only need to worry about:

 

Time - set a time limit of approximately 60 minutes and/or up to two days. You can differentiate by allowing students to complete less of the tasks or set a minimum amount.

Product - Students should take picture(s) of their finished project. You may ask them to take multiple pictures from different angles.

Quality - You may grade as right/wrong or depending on the age, you may want to develop a rubric for some of the more challenging activities provided.  Please note that the idea of a ray and line is abstract.   You may want to explain that a giant arrow at the end of a line of blocks isn't what was desired.  Ideally, the students will extend the blocks far enough where it disappears from sight.

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Supporting Files

Geometry - Points Lines Planes.mcworld.zip


This is a pre-made world with exploration problems and a prescribed path built in with students starting at the schoolhouse.