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Basics of Minecraft Lessons

All Ages

Technology

Learn basic controls and start to think about lesson ideas and the many possibilities of using Minecraft in your classroom.

avatar Submitted By: Shyni Sudheer

May 3, 2018

Skills

  • Project Based Learning

External References

Lesson plan example1

Lesson plan - sensors - IT

Lesson plan example2

Lesson plan - Math World - Area

Learn to Play Minecraft

Knowledge base article on learning to play Minecraft.

Create a Lesson Plan with Minecraft

Knowledge Base article discussing creating lessons using Minecraft: Education Edition.

Learning Objectives

  • Use the basic controls of Mincraft: Education Edition to move around the world and place items.
  • Use the crafting table to craft stick, pickaxe etc.
  • Explore several different ways to structure a lesson incorporating Minecraft.

Guiding Ideas

Explore Tutorial world:

  • Load the game and choose Play, Create New, then choose the Tutorial world template.
  • Available online here: https://education.minecraft.net/worlds/Tutorial-world
  • This tutorial is meant for educators and students who are new to Minecraft, or those who need a refresher on controls, crafting, and basics of the game.

Explore the world  'Lesson Hub Volume I' Template world:

While exploring these worlds, ask yourself:

• What structures could you have your students create tomorrow that would map to your current topics of study?

• What world are you going to build to use in your classroom?

Student Activities

To become more familiar with using Minecraft: Education Edition, try the following activities:

1. Use Tutorial world to learn about movement and different craftable items

2. Master the basic controls of Minecraft

3. Explore the inventory and build your first house! (try using the Town Template found within the game).

4. Investigate different lesson ideas to show how Minecraft can be used in all curriculum areas and subjects in countless ways.

Performance Expectations

Be able to complete the tutorial world.

Be able to move in all directions, fly, place a block, and break a block.

Be able to build a house in Minecraft.

Be able to create a lesson using Lesson Hub Volume I.

After completing these getting started activities, you and your students should feel confident in using Minecraft and should have generated plenty of ideas of how to use this amazing platform within their pedagogy.

Skills

  • Project Based Learning

External References

Lesson plan example1

Lesson plan - sensors - IT

Lesson plan example2

Lesson plan - Math World - Area

Learn to Play Minecraft

Knowledge base article on learning to play Minecraft.

Create a Lesson Plan with Minecraft

Knowledge Base article discussing creating lessons using Minecraft: Education Edition.