- Students will identify natural and manmade landmarks in their community (ie: fire station, grocery store, park, school, giant tree, etc.)
- Students will reproduce those landmarks in Minecraft using a flat creative world.
- Ages 8+: Students will demonstrate accuracy by developing a replica of landmarks in their region of a state or country.
Mini Lesson: Hook: Read “Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems. Identify which things (or places) helped the characters quickly get to the laundromat. o Introduce concept of landmarks, both natural and manmade. o Brainstorm some of the landmarks in our community on a T-chart signifying which landmarks are natural and which are manmade (*Helpful to have images of local landmarks to ensure students are discussing the same locations.)
Independent or cooperative group activity choices: Primary students:
- Create landmarks in Minecraft to mimic our community
- Minecraft savvy students may work on their own to create an entire community; beginner Minecraft students may work in a group to create one group community.
Divide the students into groups to create one classroom Minecraft “state” or “country”; groups can represent a geographic region.
- Students assigned to a geographic region must work to discover geographic and manmade landmarks from that region. • http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/photos/50-states-50-landmarks • http://mrnussbaum.com/united-states/united_states_landmarks/
- Students will recreate landmarks in their Minecraft region.
Evidence of Learning: Reflection of learning: Discussion during presentation, in small groups or written:
- Where are each of the landmarks located?
- Which landmarks were natural and which were manmade?
- Why did you pick the landmarks you presented?
- What is that landmark’s significance to the region?
- Which landmark was the most difficult to replicate? Why?
- Which landmarks would you visit if you were able to travel to your region? Why?
- Presentation: Students act as a tour guide and show the community they created, while answering some of the questions above.
- Students develop their own question or fill-in- the-blank statement for each landmark. Gather all questions to create a class-developed scavenger hunt.
- Alternatively: Scavenger hunt, either online or printed: http://mrnussbaum.com/united-states/united_states_landmarks/
- Screenshots, or screencast, of landmarks created
- Critical thinking