8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Art and Design
Social and Emotional Health
Students will use a Minecraft world to build creative structures that help to illuminate their own emotions, values, and to highlight their strengths.
January 16, 2020
Inspiration Island World File
Minecraft world file to support lesson plan.
WA State Social and Emotional Learning Standards
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Camera, Portfolio, and Book & Quill Support Page
Discuss with your class how emotions can influence our behavior. Ask the class for examples. Being aware of our emotions is an important skill to understanding ourselves and making good choices.
In this lesson students will build creative structures that help to illuminate their own emotions, and values, and to highlight their strengths.
Download the Inspiration Island Minecraft. There is a link on this page, and it is also available in the Biomes & Worlds section of the Library within the game.
Students will be working individually within this world.
Decide which of three tasks below you would like your students to complete. Alternatively, you could allow them to choose, or have the class vote on their favorite.
The instructions below reference using the in-game item “Book & Quill.” This is supplied in the player’s starting inventory, but can also be obtained from the creative menu. More information on using the Book & Quill can be found on the Minecraft: Education Edition support page.
Load the Inspiration Island Minecraft world.
Complete the tutorial area to get acquainted with Minecraft's creative mode.
In creative mode, players have access to an infinite amount of almost all blocks and items available in Minecraft, and can any blocks instantly without the need of a pickaxe. Players are invulnerable and do not have health, armor, or hunger. Players can even fly! The player has access to items not available in Survival mode, e.g. spawn eggs. If you need extra practice placing
If students need extra practice placing blocks, go to the "Mirror" area of the map and have them complete the Agent. Currently, it is only half built. Use your creative mode skills to finish the other half.
There are many creative challenges to be found within this game world, however for this lesson we will be focusing of one of these three tasks:
Task 1: Values
After completing the tutorial, the player will find themselves in the hub area. In the center of the map, you will find the foundation of a small home. A person's home often reflects something about themselves. Use the book & quill to reflect on something that you value. Build your home using your creative mode skills and include something to represent what you value. There are some blocks in the chest to get you started. Take a picture of your creation with the camera and add to your journal entry. Export your Book & quill.
Task 2: Emotions
After completing the tutorial, the player will find themselves in the hub area. From the hub in the center of the level, go through the gate with diamond pickaxe above. You can also look for the giant pencil! Create a journal entry using the book and quill to describe an event in your life, then create a self-portrait to express how that event made you feel. You can use the face template provided, or create your own in the large blank area. Remember you can open the creative menu to access any block in the game. Take a picture of your creation and add it to your journal entry. You can climb (or fly!) to the top of the pencil to get a better view. Export your book and quill.
Task 3: Strengths
After completing the tutorial, the player will find themselves in the hub area. From the hub in the center of the level, go through the gate with diamond pickaxe above. You can also look for the giant pencil! In the large open build area. Build something to represent one of your strengths. Use the book and quill to write a short journal entry about one of your strengths and how you have chosen to represent this in Minecraft. Take pictures using the camera to illustrate. You can climb (or fly!) to the top of the pencil to get a better view. Export your book and quill.
Once completed, have students export their book & quill, that contains their journal entry and images of their creation. These can be saved as a PDF and shared with the teacher for review.
If students are comfortable doing so, they could share their creations with the class. Student could describe verbally what they created, or do a show and tell using a smart board.