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Long Division in Minecraft

8-10 yrs old

Math & Economics

Students will build long division math models in Minecraft and solve division problems on paper using the algorithm.

avatar Submitted By: Minecraft Education

March 6, 2019

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Minecraft World File

Download the world and open with Minecraft: Education Edition.

Engage NY Link

Associated Engage NY module and lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.B.6 Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

Guiding Ideas

Teachers should play the world themselves in preparation for the so they are familiar with the math models. The goal of this lesson is to prove why and how the long division algorithm works. It is best if the students have had some practice with the algorithm on paper before running this lesson. These math models are a great way to bridge the conceptual and procedural knowledge of the long division algorithm.

1) How do we divide large numbers?

2) Can there be regrouping in division?

3) What is an algorithm?

4) What operations are needed in the long division algorithm?

(division, multiplication, subtraction, and regrouping)

Big Idea: Dividing by place value can make dividing large numbers simple.

Student Activities

Working in small groups students will go into the world, watch instructional videos and build 8 long division problems in Minecraft. Students are encouraged to co-teach and share their knowledge with one another. Also the students need to be writing and solving the problem on paper as they build their math models. The teacher should facilitate and walk the room.

Video tutorials

Problem 1: How to Divide in Minecraft

Problem 2: Base 10 Division in Minecraft

Problem 3: Long Division with Regrouping

Problem 4: Long Division with Regrouping and Remainders

 

The next three problems will not have tutorials to scaffold and will be counted in the performance expectations .

 

Problem 8: Record a Video of You Solving a Long Division Problem in Minecraft

Students will document their work in portfolios and structure block files.

Bonus Make a Video

When a team finishes all 3 problems they will work together on the 4th problem. Their goal will be making a “how to” video of them explaining how they solved the problem. This is a bonus activity but each person should try to make the video. If a student finishes a video they should help a teammate make one.

Performance Expectations

1) The student was able to make a video of them building and explaining a long division math model.

2) The student was able to independently be able to solve two long division problems in Minecraft.

3) The student was able to solve long division problems using the Base 10 algorithm on paper.

 

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Minecraft World File

Download the world and open with Minecraft: Education Edition.

Engage NY Link

Associated Engage NY module and lesson.