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MAKING HOMES, PART 1

8-10 yrs old

Math & Economics

Design a prototype of a home and use area and perimeter to find out how many materials they will need to build it in survival.

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.

Supporting Files

Slideshow


Worksheet


Learning Objectives

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.3 Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.

Guiding Ideas

Materials:

Math notebooks and pencils (colored pencils and graph paper are good for this too)

Slideshow file

Whiteboard and markers

Go through the pictures on the slideshow and brainstorm any thoughts and observations of how multiplication and area are related. Use the students’ brainstorm comments to get them. Once the students have made a connection that math is needed to build homes, unit measurements, area, and perimeter, unveil the Big Idea.

Math is needed to construct all buildings and measuring the area and perimeter of shapes are its tools.

Student Activities

Blueprint

Pass out the Blueprint Worksheet and help the students as they design their homes’ foundation by drafting area and perimeters in their plot of land. As students finish, have them peer review each other's work before entering the Home Prototype World.

Developing a Prototype

Students will enter the Home Prototype World and have three activities to complete that will follow the worksheet.

1) They will flatten an area that is 10 meters by 10 meters and find the area.

2)  Next they will build a foundation consisting of two rectangles, find the area of each and then find the total area. They will show work of their measurements with slates and pictures.

3) Then students will measure and build a perimeter on top of their foundation.

Note: some students might notice that their perimeter might be a larger number than the amount of blocks that are in the perimeter. This is an example of higher level thinking and happens because we added up the perimeter in meters and built in blocks, so the cornerpieces get counted on two sides. Encourage them to explain the difference on why this happens and ask them to adjust the equation to count blocks and not meters. Over all, this is not in the main lesson plan because we don’t want to overwhelm students with changes to the basic perimeter problems: however, you can still use this to look for higher level thinking skills.

If students finish early, send them in the Class Survival World to start gathering materials for the class, such as wood, stone, sand, and gravel.

Debrief

1. What is a unit square and how can I prove it? 1x1=1

2. How can math help you build a home?

3. How is perimeter different from area?

Performance Expectations

Depth of Knowledge 3

The student completed four out of the six listed above

Depth of Knowledge 2

The student completed three out of the six listed above

Depth of Knowledge 1

The student completed two out of the six listed above

 

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.

Supporting Files

Slideshow


Worksheet


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