11-13 yrs old

Government and Politics


The ‘world’ is designed like a wheel with a hub and spokes. There are eight plots of land. Students work in teams to build their town in survival mode

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August 20, 2018


  • Project Based Learning

Learning Objectives

  • Students will identify change and continuity and describes the causes and effects of change on Australian society Students will act in ways that enhance the communication of self and others in a range of cooperative situations Students will examine the circumstances of a variety of members of society and analyze empathise with choices and dilemmas that were made.

Guiding Ideas

Who were the colonists who came to Australia? Why did they come? What did they do when they got here? What impact did they have on the people who were already here? What could/should the early colonists have done differently?

Student Activities

Pre Minecraft Activities: - Research the Aboriginal group on whose traditional lands the school is built. - Outback House (Mini-series depicting life in an early outback farm) http://education.abc.net.au/home#!/search/_SRC:Outback%20House - Research: occupations of 18th century - They must decide what occupations their characters have (ie – What would be the most useful occupations for colonists) and what supplies they would take with them. Orientation: Students are seated on the floor and are briefed on the Minecraft project. They are informed that they are colonists who have been instructed to set up a new community on land that has hitherto had no permanent dwellings built on it. Minecraft: Each group is provided with a chest on their land that contains the list of resources they asked for. Groups spawn into the map and begin exploring their new land, gathering resources and begin construction of their town. Allow time at the end of the lesson for groups to reflect and discuss any issues arising from this process Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, isolation, resources. Ensure multiple perspectives, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inhabitants, are discussed. (eg What did the students do about the villagers already on the land.)

Performance Expectations

Students write a letter to the ‘Governor’ to request permission to explore and settle on land. If they have not given it sufficient thought, they may be denied access to Minecraft until their application is approved. Before entering Hoosland, groups are to work collaboratively to complete a list of 10 resources for their journey In Hoosland, groups are to work collaboratively to gather resources, share resources and begin building. Settlements must include: A house each. A food source. A water source. Two or more sources of income – something to trade. A road and rail transport system that extends a small distance beyond the community. Some form of protection. A fence around the community. At the end of the lesson, groups are rewarded with extra resources depending on wat they have accomplished. Groups who log-off and are seated together on the floor within five minutes of the wrap-up signal may request an item of their choice which is placed in their chest before the next lesson.


  • Project Based Learning