11-13 yrs old
Art and Design
Math & Economics
This lesson designed by Nathan Gourzelas, Eltham East Primary School sees students choose a space in Melbourne city that they would like to revamp.
April 27, 2021
Mini Melbourne World
The Mini Melbourne world file can be downloaded from FUSE for import, or may be opened directly from within Minecraft by navigating in the Library.
Mini Melbourne Minecraft Startup
A guide for teachers to download the Mini Melbourne map and set up the world before students start.
Mini Melbourne Project Outline
Revamp Melbourne project outline for students including rubric
Melbourne CBD Map
Map delineating the boundaries of Mini Melbourne
Students choose a space in Mini Melbourne that they would like to change and make plans to redevelop. Write a submission to Melbourne City Council outlining why it should change and outlining the cost in doing so. Put it to a vote in the classroom to see if other students agree, those that get approved are built by the class.
Students are shown the Melbourne CBD map with the boundaries of the Mini Melbourne world prior to starting.
The steps below are explained in detail in the Mini Melbourne Project Outline - Revamp Melbourne.doc document. Assign any time limit or session amount limit per step of the project.
STEP ONE: Form a group of four to five students. By combining use of the CBD map, Google Maps street view and Mini Melbourne find a location that you believe could use an upgrade.
STEP TWO: Your group is to write a proposal to the Melbourne council (your teacher and classmates) outlining your plans. (Linked to persuasive writing)
STEP THREE: In your own groups, and after your plan has been approved, expand on your proposal. These are your construction plans. Put jobs next to every team member’s name. Teamwork is very important to complete your jobs and your construction in time. Besides what each member will do, make a list of all the resources and materials you will need. E.g. What type of stone, bricks, glass, etc.
STEP FOUR: Build and reflect. After each session of building, every team member is to write a paragraph as a summary of what they did to help their team and how the construction is coming along,
STEP FIVE: The grand opening! When your project is complete, your teacher will open the Mini Melbourne map on the Interactive Whiteboard and your group will discuss what was constructed. Give any important details to the class such as how it was built, interesting features you added and what it will be used for.
Each group is to be graded as per the rubric in the Mini Melbourne Project Outline - Revamp Melbourne.doc document. This can happen as the groups present, and takes into consideration the teacher’s observations of how they worked as a team to make their improvements happen.
Victorian Curriculum Links
Design and technologies
Personal and Social Capabilities
Critical and Creative Thinking
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