In this lesson students learn how to mine efficiently - this also helps newbies learn the basic controls and tools.
Note: I teach SEN students
November 20, 2016
Mining in Minecraft
Official Minecraft Wiki page on mining.
Real World Mining
Easy facts for kids on mining in the real world.
What is mining? Digging for materials. Look at real world mines on Google - what can you see?
Why do we not just dig a big hole? Discuss safety and getting trapped - in the real world what could happen (cave ins)
What does "efficient" mean? Discuss why we need to be efficient - relate to time in regard to how long their lesson is. (Numeracy: quiz students on how long they think each activity should take and get them to use the hands on the clock to demonstrate when these time chunks would start and finish).
Starter: Discussion as above.
Activity 1: Teacher models how to dig a trench 10 blocks long then jump down and dig 9 blocks then jump down and dig 8 blocks and so on until they get to 1 block - this forms the stair case entrance and exit to their mine. Students do this task.
Activity 2: Teacher models how to dig out a large square cave at the bottom of the stairs (without digging the floor) and then place a torch either side of the bottom of the staircase so they can find it. Students do this task.
Activity 3: Demonstrate how to dig a tunnel 1 block wide and 3 blocks high off one of the walls of their square room leaving a torch each time it starts to get really dark. Note to students that if they reach a cave or lava or water they will need to brick the wall back up, return to their square room and dig another tunnel to the same specification (1 block by 3 blocks). Students do the task until they have 150 cobblestone, 50 coal and 50 iron ore.
Plenary: Students swap seats and check that each other has mined correctly. Discuss if they found anything difficult.
Differentiation: If a student keeps dying change the /gamerule to no drowning, fire and drowning damage.
(If Microsoft add the feature where you can use the /gamerule command to target specific students this will help and I will update this plan accordingly.)
Bronze: Task students with gathering set amounts of gold, redstone and diamonds (I suggest 10-15 of each).
Silver: Give ladders to students and task them with extending their mines using ladders like in the pictures they saw- remind them to use torches to not only light the mine but to lead back to the exit!!!
Gold: Give rail carts and tracks to students and task them with laying these in their tunnels like in the pictures they saw - this will come in handy for later extension tasks using the redstone they gathered!
All students will gather the required cobblestone from a basic mine and say what they did.
Most Students will gather different materials and be able to describe what they did how they built their mine.
Some students will extend their mines using ladders, rail carts and tracks and be able to explain what they did and why they did it that way.