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World War I Lesson 3 of 5

14-18 yrs old

Geography

Government and Politics

History

Topics covered include the causes of war, communication, strategy, and remembrance. How did flight change how military operations fought?

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October 22, 2020

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Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

World War I Toybox world

Minecraft: Education Edition world file

Supporting Files

World War I Toybox Assessment


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WWI Flight impact Notes PDF


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WWI Flight impact Notes .DOC


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Learning Objectives

  • Students will discover the causes, involved nations, and resolution to World War I.
  • Students will experience Morse code as the primary communication method of the era.
  • Students will understand how the introduction of airplanes changed war strategy and casualties.
  • Students will experience the difficulties and danger of trench warfare.
  • Student will reflect on the lessons learned from war through visual art and narration.

Guiding Ideas

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies Themes

  • 2. Time, continuity, and change
  • 3. People, places, and environments
  • 7. Production, distribution, and consumption
  • 10. Civil ideas and practices

C3 Framework Dimensions

  1. Developing questions and planning inquiries
  2. Applying disciplinary tools and concepts
  3. Evaluating sources and using evidence
  4. Communicating conclusions and taking informed action

Introduction/Overview

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.

Guiding Questions

  1. What started World War I, which countries were involved, and how was it resolved?
  2. Was Morse code an effective means of communication during the era?
  3. How did flight change how military operations fought?
  4. What were some of the difficulties and dangers of trench warfare?
  5. How can we honor the memory of those who fight in war?

Lesson 3 of 5

How did flight change how military operations fought?

Preparation and materials

  • Make a class Padlet or other virtual tool to capture a student brainstorm (lesson 1)
  • Make a class FlipGrid topic or other virtual tool to capture student responses (lesson 1)
  • Decide whether or not you wish to print copies of the Morse code decoding page (lesson 2)
  • Make a second class FlipGrid topic or other virtual tool to capture student responses (lesson 4)
  • Prepare art supplies or ask students to bring some to class (lesson 5)
  • Make a third class FlipGrid topic or other virtual tool to capture student responses (lesson 5)

Student Activities

Lesson 3 of 5

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.

Performance Expectations

Differentiation

Allow students to narrate their responses instead of typing or writing them.

Interdisciplinary connections

Students write explanatory responses to the guiding question (writing).

Extensions

  • Students learn about the Red Baron and why he became a famous and feared pilot during World War I.
  • Students study why planes are able to fly

Assessment 

Minecraft build

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.

Written response

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.

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

World War I Toybox world

Minecraft: Education Edition world file

Supporting Files

World War I Toybox Assessment


Resource

WWI Flight impact Notes PDF


Resource

WWI Flight impact Notes .DOC


Resource