8-10 yrs old
Math & Economics
Students analyze math models and build their own parkour course in Minecraft to demonstrate understanding.
January 31, 2020
Supporting Minecraft world file.
Engage NY Module
Related Engage NY Module link.
Tutorial video for teachers and students.
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:
Repeated Addition is Multiplication
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
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.
Challenge 2: Given an equation as a prompt, the student will build a Minecraft math model that proves the equation true or false.
Challenge 3: Build a parkour course out of at least 4 sets of grouped numbers.
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.
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.
Use the attached grading rubric to aid in assessment for this activity.