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This lesson by Chloe Bourke & Danielle Canavan, Syndal South Primary School engages students in designing personal ‘skins’ with accompanying haiku.
April 27, 2021
Pixel Portraits Challenge
Lesson to create pixel-based images of ourselves
Haiku for Kids
Examples of fun haiku specifically for kids.
Learn to Play: Using Chalkboards – video to demonstrate using boards
Creating boards in Minecraft to digitally record haiku
Importing and Exporting your worlds
Guide to importing and exporting Minecraft worlds
Minecraft - Haiku Poetry
Student Project ppt file
Minecraft - Pixel Portrait
Haiku Pixel ME Work Samples
Student on-paper examples prior to working in Minecraft
This lesson builds on the Minecraft Challenge Pixel Portraits. Students will produce a personal Minecraft pixel image (like a large Minecraft skin) with an accompanying Haiku poem about them.
Pixel Me As a class tell the students you will be introducing Minecraft to them very soon. Show a picture of a Minecraft skins or NPCs to introduce the pixelated images. Discuss what they notice about these characters. Students individually work to address the learning intentions and success criteria described in the Pixel Art Project slides, where they are asked to imagine themselves as a character (skin) in the world of Minecraft. They learn about pixels and create a grid paper representation of themselves.
Haiku Me Students are introduced to Haiku with a few fun examples. They are then asked to address the learning intentions and success criteria described in the Haiku-Pixel Portrait slides. Each student writes a Haiku about themselves
Minecraft Me Students will bring together their pixel image and poem and are then introduced to Minecraft. Say to students that many of them might know all these steps but that are kids in the class who have not played Minecraft and we need to go slowly at first and stay together.
Working individually in Minecraft students should be stepped as a class through: 1. logging in, 2. choosing a skin 3. creating a new flat world 4. naming the world Haiku Me <my name> e.g. Haiku Me Jenny 5. Selecting the CREATIVE option for the world 6. enter the world 7. show students how to access the inventory and its contents 8. demonstrate how to place and break blocks
Teachers should discuss each of these options with the students to explain why they are making these choices. After login students are told they will be recreating their Pixel selves in blocks in the world. Discuss how they might go about that. They should be encourage to build vertically for easier capture of the final product. Students build following their pixel art grid image.
Ask the students how they could bring their haiku into the world to go with their image. Then introduce the students to signs and boards. Boards might be more appropriate depending on the length of the haiku syllables. Students place a board in front of their pixel art and write their haiku and add their first name on the last line as author.
Explore how to capture the pixel art and the poem by either taking a screen shot or introduce the camera tool to collect images.
Have students SAVE the world AND EXPORT it to the class area or individual portfolio. NOTE: The reason for exporting is that, files are saved to the computer students are working on and if exported students can import it to any computer. This is important in contexts where shared laptops are being used.
NOTE: In versions of Minecraft Education Edition to come students might be able to create and use their own personalised skins in the actual game. When this is easily doable it would be a fantastic final step to this lesson.
● Recognise the features of a Haiku Poem. ● Write an ‘About Me’ Haiku Poem, which will accompany my ‘Pixel Art’ - Personal Portrait creation. ● Design a self-portrait using pixels on grid paper or using block drawing. ● Combine Haiku and pixel portrait in Minecraft
NOTE: The Immersive Reader tool in Minecraft could be used to read aloud haiku poems written on boards. It could form part of a class celebration - to visit worlds and listen to poems.
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