8-10 yrs old

Math & Economics

Students analyze math models and build their own parkour course in Minecraft to demonstrate understanding.

Submitted By: Minecraft Education

January 31, 2020

#### Skills

• Creativity
• Critical Thinking
• Project Based Learning

### External References

Supporting Minecraft world file.

Tutorial video for teachers and students.

#### Supporting Files

Opening Slideshow

### Learning Objectives

• 3.OA.A.1: Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division. Interpret products of whole numbers.

### Guiding Ideas

Go through the pictures on the slide show and brainstorm any thoughts, observation, patterns, structures shapes, abstract meaning, and questions that come to your students minds.

Use students’ brainstorm comments to get them to the idea of grouping, to repeated addition, and finally multiplication. Use the statements above the photo to apply a story for the model and to introduce concepts of variables.

Once students have made a connection between grouping numbers and repeated addition unveil the Big Idea:

Talk about how the structures could be used to build things to climb on. Be sure to have them show their work in their notebooks

### Student Activities

Activity : 30 Minutes

Students will enter the Minecraft world in groups of 2. Each student will do 2 of the 4 challenges for each part.

Challenge 1:  Given the Minecraft math model as a prompt, the students will take a photo of the model and write it as an addition sentence and as a multiplication sentence on the slate.

• BONUS give meaning to the model by using it in a sentence. For example 2x3=6 could be said as 2 boxes of kiwis with 3 kiwis each.

Challenge 2: Given an equation as a prompt, the student will build a Minecraft math model that proves the equation true or false.

• Push the button and get the equation.
• Build a model and determine if the question is true or false.
• Explain the model verbally or in the math notebook.
• Take a photo.

Challenge 3: Build a parkour course out of at least 4 sets of grouped numbers.

• Have the students write at least 4 multiplication questions (2 each) on the slate (they do not need to answer them yet)
• Build a parkour course with a partner using the 4 multiplication questions
• Answer their multiplication question on the slate
• End parkour at the button
• The creators must beat their own game in order to finish

Play Test: 10-15 minutes

As each group finishes their parkour they will walk to the other player's computers and play their games, conducting a peer review/play test. They will leave comments in the game creator's math notebooks based on these questions.

• Can I explain how the model was math?
• How can I prove that the math correct or not?
• What parts did I like about it?
• What parts of this did I learn?
• How can I help make it better?

Each student should leave at least 2 comments and play 2 games.

Debrief: 10 minutes

5 minutes: Students will write in their journals about what they learned, what patterns the saw, what they like and what could be improved.

5 minutes: Teacher will facilitate discussion on the classes thoughts.

### Performance Expectations

• Students will be able to design a parkour course made out of at least 4 math models of grouped numbers.
• Students will be able to write equations of repeated addition and multiplications after viewing visual models.
• Students will be able to build and explain a Minecraft math model after viewing an equation.
• Students will be able to critique and analyze the work of others.

Use the attached grading rubric to aid in assessment for this activity.

#### Skills

• Creativity
• Critical Thinking
• Project Based Learning

### External References

Supporting Minecraft world file.