Climate & Environment
You are part of an indigenous clan living in your native land prior to the 1700s. Your clan is task with building a traditional house.
December 1, 2020
Video of Example Build
Video of Tlingit traditional video made by 2nd Graders.
Video of Example Build with 3d Exports
Download the example Traditional Tlingit Winter Village made by 2nd graders in Southeast Alaska.
Sample Unit Plan
Unit: Preserving the Past with the Future (Tlingit Culture of SE Alaska)
Big Idea: How did indigenous people live long ago?
• How did the environment affect how Indigenous people lived?
• How did the resources that were available to Indigenous people long ago affect their survival?
• What kind of shelter was necessary for their survival?
• How can you show how Indigenous people lived long ago using Minecraft?
• How can you make sure the traditional home you build is culturally respectful and accurate?
• How can you teach others what you have learned?
1. Students will choose an Indigenous culture to research.
2. Students will learn how people in that culture lived long ago. Students will research by: working with elders & tribes, taking virtual field trips, researching online, reading books, etc.
3. Students will create a culturally respectful and accurate model of a traditional shelter.
Students will share what they have learned by making a video tour or inviting others to their world.
Students will explore, create, and share how some Indigenous people lived long ago using Minecraft. Students will build a traditional home and use their world to share with others what it would be like to live long ago. Their creation will be culturally respectful and as culturally accurate as possible.
• Challenge yourself can you complete your build in survival using only the resources you find.
• Can you find and store enough food for winter?
• Use signs to incorporate the Native language.
• Document what you have learned with a camera, book and quill.
• Add NPCs that share important facts about the culture.
• Export your shelter or another creation in your world to create a 3D model
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