6-7 yrs old
8-10 yrs old
Reading and Writing
Students experience the fairy tales in the game and revise them based on their knowledge of elements of literature.
September 1, 2020
Storytime Settings Planning Page
Minecraft: Education Edition world file
Storytime Code video
Storytime Code Interactive Image
Students verbally recount the stories in groups of three, then enter the M:EE StoryTime Setting world after watching a quick demonstration of how to begin. Students experience the fairy tales in the game. Students then select one story to focus on and brainstorm a way to modify the story characters, setting, or plot. Then students build their alternative in the game and take a screenshot, then journal about the changes they made and how it impacts the story.
Teacher Preparation & Notes
1. Ensure all students can login to Minecraft: Education Edition
2. Students should be familiar with three fairy tales before you begin the lesson.
3. Students need access to a journal writing platform (OneNote Class Notebook, Word, or another tool).
4. Optional: Give students access to the paper or digital copy of the Storytime Settings Planning Page.
Lesson 1 of 3
Arrange students into groups of three. Students can self-assign or otherwise select to verbally tell the other students in the group one of the three focus stories: Hansel & Gretel, The Three Little Pigs, or Jack and the Beanstalk. Students should take turns recounting verbally. Students should be encouraged to support their group members by adding details to the story without taking over the recount. Bring students back together and discuss the terms character, setting, and plot. Using one of the three stories, model a chart that lists the character, setting, and basic plot of the story.
Sample: Jack and the Beanstalk
Ask students to suggest changing one of the story elements, either setting or plot. Then discuss how changing that story element will impact the plot. Also discuss how changing the existing code will impact the story.
Students use Dictation to write their journal entries.
Students take multiple screenshot images of the story with the elements changed. Students create a new story and add narration and screenshots to a video.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
4 - Student modified the character and setting to impact the plot of the story. Student built a detailed representation of the changes and documented the impact in the portfolio.
3 - Student modified the character or setting to impact the plot of the story. Student built an accurate representation of the changes and wrote about the plot changes in the portfolio.
2 - Student modified the character or setting to impact the plot of the story. Student needs to complete the build representation or portfolio explanation.
1 - Student did not modify the character or setting of the story and needs to complete the build representation and portfolio explanation.
Sign up for the Minecraft: Education Edition newsletter. We promise to respect your inbox.