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Landmarks In Our Community with Melody Brewer

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By understanding where landmarks are and why they are significant, students gain an understanding of the community in which they are studying.

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Learning Objectives

 

  • 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.

Guiding ideas

 

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.)

Student activities

 

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.

 

Ages 8+:

 

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.

Performance expectations

 

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?

 

Primary Students:

 

  • Presentation: Students act as a tour guide and show the community they created, while answering some of the questions above.

 

Ages 8+:

  • 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

Skills

  • Citizenship

 

  • Creativity

 

  • Critical thinking

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