Minecraft Mates

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Digital Literacy

Reading and Writing

Students from separate classes must work together to build a village in Minecraft. They may only communicate via OneNote. Skilful communication is key

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June 8, 2018

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  • Collaboration
  • Communication

Supporting Files

Student Website

An online guide for students

Learning Objectives

  • Skilful Communication (21CLD Framework) Learners are required to produce coherent communication to build a part of a Minecraft city. They are required to design their communication for a particular audience (their peers) are required to produce substantive, multi-modal communication. Students are required to reflect on and use the process of their learning to develop and improve their communication.

Guiding Ideas

How much detail is required to communicate an idea?

Can you communicate in words an image that you have in your mind?


Student Activities


Place students from the 2 classes into groups of 4 (2 from one class and 2 from another)

Create a OneNote book and paste a ‘Can edit’ link to the OneNote book on the Library website. (This provides quick and easy access for students)

Create a Minecraft World (flat + creative)


Initial Lesson:

Bring the 2 classes together and discuss places that can often be found in a city (shops, sports grounds, parks etc). Brainstorm and list ideas. Each group of 4 students (organsied during preparation) decides on which part of the city they would like their group to create. Each group is assigned a OneNote page for collaboration and communication.


Following lessons:

One class logs into Minecraft ‘Year 4 City’ World. In their assigned pairs the students begin creating their place in the city. At the end of the lesson each pair opens their OneNote page (see preparation) and writes a description of the work they have completed. They also make suggestions to their other group members, for moving forward with the building. The second class then logs on – reads messages left in OneNote and continue building. If they make changes to what their peers suggested, they note these changes in their ‘Progress Report’ for their buddies, and again, they leave suggestions for moving forward.


Final Lesson:

Bring all students together to discuss their result and provide face to face feedback on how effective the communication process was. Ask students to suggest ways it could have been improved. (Should we include diagrams, audio podcasts etc). Suggestions for improvement are shared with the whole cohort via an informal discussion.

Performance Expectations

Success Criteria:

Students will have an organised and practical OneNote page which they can access and contribute to independently

Dialogue between team members on OneNote should show an improvement in the content and detail added throughout the task.

Students will have completed their part of the Year 4 Minecraft City.


  • Collaboration
  • Communication

External References

Supporting Files

Student Website

An online guide for students