8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Reading and Writing
Help the Family by striping the wreck and moving the items up to the Tree House.
September 26, 2019
Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Minecraft world file
Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson world to support lessons.
LITCRAFT uses the popular Minecraft gaming platform to build accurate scale models of authorial maps from classic works of literature.
Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Minecraft world file for Java editions of Minecraft.
Full lesson plan and additional activities.
Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Extracts
Extracts from Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson to support activities.
This series of lessons is designed to help teach English Language Arts concepts through the study of "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe, and "The Swiss Family Robinson" by Johann Wyss.
Split the class in half – one half to focus on RC and the other on SFR – they will swap later.
Give pupils the scavenging extract from the relevant text. They read the extract with a partner, helping each other out with any tricky words.
Set a timer. Pupils have to read the passage again to scan for information and quickly identify and highlight the objects that the characters scavenge from the wreck. Make a list of these objects.
Repeat the two steps above with the extract from the text that pupils have not yet worked with.
Pupils work in groups or pairs and compare the lists of items from both texts. They consider the following:
Feedback to the class.
Finish by asking pupils to identify what items they would scavenge if they were shipwrecked TODAY. What types of items would be important and why? How different would it be from the past?
Give pupils the extract from Robinson Crusoe.
Encourage them to use the Point, Evidence Explanation (P.E.E.) prompt when providing their answers to the following:
Start by loading the Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Minecraft world file found in the resources section.
Swim out of the wrecked ship and follow the lanterns to the shore. Open the chest marked Task 1
In Game Activity: Stripping the Wreck
Transcript of in game book:
Congratulations on making it safely ashore to Swiss Family Robinson Island.
The Family have two bases established on the island:
They are concerned that items might get wet or damaged if left in Tent House.
Help them by moving the items on the list below up to Tree House, using the booklet map to help you locate it.
Also, some animals survived the wreck and swam safely ashore. Catch any two kinds of animal and get them safely over to Tree House, ensuring that once there they cannot escape.
The Family would also like to enlarge the Tree house base. Build an additional two rooms somewhere in the tree. These should have easy access from the existing house as well as to the ground.
What are the most important things to consider in the design?
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