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Landmarks In Our Community with Melody Brewer


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


  • Citizenship


  • Creativity


  • Critical thinking


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