In each curriculum area, my plan is to work on implementing the following lessons/ideas:
- “Following Characters into Meaning” unit- I’m hoping that students will be able to post clues about main character traits within their dwellings and other students will search for the clues to compare and contrast the traits with the traits of their own characters.
- Put a poster on your “front door” to keep visitors informed as to what book you are currently reading.
- “Historical Fiction Book Club” unit- teams can work together to share their test with other teams. All students will work to make connections- text to world, text to self, and text to text.
- “Narrative Craft” unit- students will share their narratives within their world- placing the text in a place that also illustrates and contributes to meaning of their story.
- students can create a bulletin board where they can post messages for visitors
- students can blog about their Minecraft experiences.
- “Estimation and computation” unit- students will use arrays to help decide how long and wide their original dwellings will be
- students can write computation word problems for their visitors to solve in order to enter certain areas of their dwelling
- I’m not sure yet how we will include more math in our early stages, but feel confident that the students will be able to brainstorm some ideas about how this can be done.
- Later in the year when we work on “perimeter, area and volume” we will easily be able to calculate many parts of our created world.
- “Cells” unit- students will recreate the basic parts of a cell within the world or using another tool to show their understanding and embed it within our world.
- “Archaeology” unit- from what I know, there is opportunity to dig within Minecraft, so I feel confident, there will be many ways we can embed technology into this unit. My tech coach will likely have ideas as he used to be a science/math teacher and comes up with cool ideas in these areas.
- “We’re more than points on a grid” unit- students will create quests for each other that will require their partners to use map skills, recognize landforms and report back their findings.
- Students can create “treasure maps” of our world using cartoon journalism or other pictorial representations
Most assessment will be formative, but certain pieces of writing will potentially be summative.
Anecdotal notes and feedback to students will happen regularly.
Check out slips will be shared as students leave lessons to allow for regular feedback from them, allowing ample opportunity for student to forward-think about what they would like to create next.