Teacher resources and information
"After a brief demonstration, the students set about building Minecraft houses with floors (for which they had to calculate the area), multiple stories (to calculate volume), and fences (to calculate their property's perimeter). When the students were done, they created a Minecraft sign, complete with the results of their calculations, to hang in front of their houses." - Sara Richards, Laurel Mountain Elementary in Texas
Read the full story here.
Tips from MinecraftEdu
- Use the Tutorial: If you and some (even if not all) of your students are unfamiliar with Minecraft, it's a good idea to start with the tutorial world. Created by Joel Levin, the MinecraftTeachr, it introduces the central concepts of the game for both students and teachers. Here's a lesson plan intended for the tutorial world with step-by-step instructions.
- Take a look at how other educators use the game: In the examples section you can find real-life examples for lessons. Also take a look at MinecraftEdu World Library where you can find worlds made by other educators.
- Tap the resources: Your students might be experts of Minecraft; don't let this intimidate you. On the contrary, give them the possibility to use their knowledge and teach others, yourself included. Giving responsibility to students may engage them in ways you couldn't imagine.
For more tips visit: http://services.minecraftedu.com/wiki/Teaching_with_MinecraftEdu
MinecraftEdu Lesson Plans and Classroom Examples
- MinecraftEdu Examples by Subject
- Minecraft Education: Videos of teachers using Minecraft
- MinecraftEdu World and Lesson Library - Search by subject and age
- MinecraftEdu Resources - Lots of helpful links and communities to explore
- STEM Curriclum Resources - Explores Minecraft Student Projects
- The Minecraft Teacher - Blog by one of the MinecraftEdu creators
Need more ideas? Search Twitter or Google. You'll find plenty to explore.
Alignment with Curricula and Standards
This resource has a great chart showing connections to Common Core State Standards as well as links to research showing the relationships between games and learning.