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The Wild Robot Escapes

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Computer Science

Reading and Writing

Technology

This lesson is intended to help students connect the reading of the book, The Wild Robot Escapes, by Peter Brown to Minecraft Education.

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June 20, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to read the book, The Wild Robot Escapes, and be able to illustrate the setting the of the story by recreating in Minecraft.
  • Students will learn the basics of circuits as they utilize redstone to build the farming machines.
  • Students will work collaboratively to create subtask to build the world out to reflect the contents of the book.

Guiding Ideas

What does the farm look like that ROZ is working at?

How do machines communicate?

How can machines help humans be more productive?

Student Activities

Activity #1

Students will read the beginning of the book(at least through 3 chapters) and sketch out what they believe the farm to look like. They will draw out elements of the farm.

Next, students will work in small teams to bring their ideas together and come to a consensus on key features of the farm. Break students down into different aspects of the farm for them to design.

Finally, they will develop a plan of where each element of the farm will be placed in the world and work cohesively across teams to bring the farm to life in Minecraft Education.

 

Activity #2

Once the world has been built students will then go into more detail attempting to create machines that do the farmwork using redstone.

Other teams can work to add signs and elements that explain key elements of the book for users to learn more about the book.

Each work day should start with kids explaining their work and what they are attempting to do so that everyone agrees.

Performance Expectations

1. As a class students will recreate the farm from, The Wild Robot Escapes.

2. In small teams, students will each design a key feature of the farm.

3. All work will be documented in the portfolio to showcase progress each day for the day of learning celebration.

4. Key elements will be defined using NPC's and signs.

5. Infusion of redstone to create working models will be integrated as necessary.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

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