Design a prototype of a home and use area and perimeter to find out how many materials they will need to build it in survival. Game/Play NGSS Minecraft STEM Project-Based courses
Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.C.5 Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.
- CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.C.6 Measure area by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in., square ft., and improvised units).
- CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.C.7 Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition.
Brainstorm any thoughts and observations of how multiplication and area are related. Use the students’ brainstorm comments to get them. Once the students have made a connection that math is needed to build homes, unit measurements, area, and perimeter, unveil the Big Idea.
Math is needed to construct all buildings and measuring the area and perimeter of shapes are its tools.
Developing a Prototype
Students will enter the Home Prototype World and have three activities to complete that will follow the worksheet.
1) They will flatten an area that is 10 meters by 10 meters and find the area.
2) Next they will build a foundation consisting of two rectangles, find the area of each and then find the total area. They will show work of their measurements with slates and pictures.
3) Then students will measure and build a perimeter on top of their foundation.
1. What is a unit square and how can I prove it? 1×1=1
2. How can math help you build a home?
3. How is perimeter different from area?
Depth of Knowledge 4
Student did all of the following:
1. The student was able to create a flat property area that is 10 meters by 10 meters and the area in terms of total units. (3.MD.5A,B 3.MD.6 3.MD.7A)
2. The student was able to design prototypes of floor plans on the worksheet and in creative mode.
3. The student was able to find and explain the area and perimeter of a 2 room floor plan. (3.MD.7.B, 3.MD.8, 3.MD.6 3.MD.5)
4. The student was able to explain strategies on how they did the math, such as measuring, and the length and width to find the area.
5. The student was able to build a foundation for a home in Survival World.
6. The student was able to show higher level thinking skills by changing equations to make new looks in their homes or realized and accounted for the difference between the measured perimeter and the amount of blocks in the perimeter.
Depth of Knowledge 3
The student completed four out of the six listed above
Depth of Knowledge 2
The student completed three out of the six listed above
Depth of Knowledge 1
The student completed two out of the six listed above
- Critical Thinking
Related Engage NY Module link.