14-18 yrs old
Government and Politics
Topics covered include the causes of war, communication, strategy, and remembrance. How did flight change how military operations fought?
October 22, 2020
World War I Toybox world
Minecraft: Education Edition world file
Lesson Overview Video
Morse code decoding page
How WWI Changed Aviation
Note taking page
Manfred Baron von Richthofen
WWI Toybox Interactive Image
World War I Toybox Assessment
WWI Flight impact Notes PDF
WWI Flight impact Notes .DOC
National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies Themes
C3 Framework Dimensions
The World War I world in Minecraft allows students to see, interact with, and explore some of the elements of the conflict while using out-of-game research, reading, writing, reflection, discussion, and art to enrich the whole learning experience. This lesson set ensures that students in high school courses have a basic understanding of the primary elements of World War I in a memorable and engaging methodology. Topics covered include the causes of war, communication, strategy, and remembrance. World War I toybox is structured and broken into five lessons over 4 weeks x 60 minutes per day.
Lesson 3 of 5
How did flight change how military operations fought?
Preparation and materials
Students enter the Minecraft: Education Edition world and fly to the airplane hangar or use the teleport buttons in NPC President Woodrow Wilson to move to the Aviation area of the toybox. They are greeted by NPC Manfred von Richthofen.
Manfred von Richthofen says, “During World War I, pilots started by flying reconnaissance missions but eventually graduated to dog fights. This completely changed military strategy forever! Read this article to learn more.”
A sign next to the Red Baron includes his famous quote, "Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.”
Button in NPC dialogue links to:
Students use the note taking page (or recreate their own in another modality) to capture information about the impact of flight on the world of war.
Students then travel to the airplane hangar. The Board outside the hangar reads:
Research the planes of World War I. Select three air craft from three different countries, build them in Minecraft, and display them in this world. Add Boards to each aircraft describing its country of origin and its importance in air combat during World War I. Bonus, place an NPC pilot at each plane, label him, and give information about the pilot in the dialogue.
Students research WWI planes, pilots, countries of origin, and purposes. Students build replicas of the planes in Minecraft and place them in the world as they choose. Some students may keep the planes on the ground, while others may build them in the skies. There is a build space in front of the hangar, labeled with a sign.
Students then write a formal response to the guiding question in Word or other word processing software to submit for assessment.
When their builds are complete, students should take screenshots of their builds and add them to their final response to the question as imagery.
Allow students to narrate their responses instead of typing or writing them.
Students write explanatory responses to the guiding question (writing).
4 - Student built three aircraft with extra details that make the build special. Importance is explained in detail on each board.
3 - Student built three aircraft from three different countries and explained the importance of each on Boards inside the game.
2 - Student built three aircraft in the game but descriptions are not complete.
1 - Student did not complete the build.
4 - Student wrote a response that is thorough and demonstrates higher level understanding of the guiding question.
3 - Student wrote an organized response to the guiding question that demonstrated understanding of the topic through details and examples.
2 - Student wrote a response to the guiding question that demonstrated limited understanding of the topic.
1 - Student written response needs additional organization, details, or examples to tie the response to the topic.
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