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- Introduction Grade Level: 4
Subject: Social Science - Idaho History / Core Standards: Mathematics Standard 4.MD Measurement and Data Prepared by: Lance McGrath Overview and Purpose: An understanding of history is essential in forming the social and civic minds of students. Idaho fourth-grade students typically focus on Idaho history. STEM skills can be synthesized into the overall topic of Idaho history, thus providing an application of math skills opportunity. This activity uses the online building game Minecraft to teach Idaho students in the fourth grade about Idaho history by allowing them to build a simulated version of Franklin, Idaho (the first settlement in Idaho). The students will gain knowledge about Idaho history through preparation for and participation in Minecraft. Students will also apply knowledge of measurement and data skills by analyzing the size and shape of the house they construct for the settlement. Additional classroom materials reinforce both history and mathematics standards. By participating in the Minecraft Idaho: Building Franklin simulation students will see history come to life as they gather building materials, build their own home on the range, and work with their classmates to grow and sustain their settlement. This rich environment allows students to interact in a dynamic, fun and challenging way that will motivate them to learn about Idaho history and math! Note: This activity follows instruction on perimeter and area so all participating students will have a satisfactory level of knowledge regarding these concepts. Supported Educational Standards (Idaho): http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/content _standards/ss2010/4th%20Grade.pdf Standard 2: Geography Students in Grade 4 analyze the spatial organizations of people, places and environment on the earth’s surface and trace the migration and settlement of human populations on the earth’s surface. Goal 2.1: Analyze the spatial organizations of people, places and environment on the earth’s surface. Objective(s): By the end of Grade 4, the student will be able to: 4.SS.2.1.4 Describe the physical regions of Idaho and identify major natural resources. Goal 2.3: Trace the migration and settlement of human populations on the earth’s surface.
Objective(s): By the end of Grade 4, the student will be able to: 4.SS.2.3.3 Identify the geographic features of Idaho and explain their impact on settlement. (442.02b) Fourth Grade Common Core State Standards: http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_Math%20Standards.pdf Measurement and Data: 4.MD Goal: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit. Objective(s): 3. Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. Objectives: Students will be able to: 1. Describe the physical regions of Idaho and identify major natural resources. 2. Successfully construct three (3) building foundations according to provided specifications (area, perimeter, and/or specific measurement). 3. Draw a diagram of the outline of their house and measure the perimeter and area of it. 4. Build a basic building of their own design in the Franklin, Idaho Minecraft simulation.
Materials Needed: 1. Laptops with external mice capable of running Minecraft. 2. Internet access for all computers (broadband preferred). 3. Multi-user educational license for Minecraft. http://www.minecraft.net 4. Video projector 5. Whiteboard 6. Videos from YouTube: Minecraft Basics #1: Controls/Options- http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Fh5WHRKkq0k&feature=player_embedded Minecraft Basics #2: How to Punch Treeshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69Lpzrz2fNM&feature=player_embedded Minecraft Basics #3: Crafting Basicshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69Lpzrz2fNM&feature=player_embedded 7. Documents: Building Franklin grid sheet: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwnydrNHLkFfVW90WFA1eVJxWEU I know Minecraft! verification sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QQNLE_Nd2bwoqXKj41f7upRmFHA 8OMy0shbx RzUOgPY /edit Checklist for first Minecraft Idaho task - Building Franklin, Checklist for Initial Assignment
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Sx_fRSVTyfkLLrQ5mlAc7DCps_eWUMWFm _2Nd31jH4/edit Minecraft Challenges: http://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd %2F1a19-49CCLpPGHWi 0r8Oi0VPj0pnHBeCYMrfRiP_S11s%2Fedit Idaho History Geography worksheet (to use as weekly homework assignment) http://www.history.idaho.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/Geography.pdf Minecraft Idaho Code of Conduct: (Google web form) Other Resources: 1. Fourth Grade Common Core State Standards: http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI _Math%20Standards.pdf 2. Idaho State Historical Society information on Franklin, Idaho http://www.history.idaho.gov/franklin 3. Idaho State Historical Society - Reference Series http://www.history.idaho.gov/reference-series 4. State of Idaho concept standards - Social Studies concepts and Vocabulary Grade 4 http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/content_standards/social_studies_docs/SS4Vocab.pdf 5. Untraveled Idaho - Images of Historic Markers in and around Franklin http://www.untraveledroad.com/USA/Idaho/FranklinHList.htm
Information: 1. Student accounts for Minecraft Idaho have already been created and students have been given their login information in a previous class session. 2. Students will work individually. 3. Students who are not on task within the Minecraft environment or are not abiding by the agreed upon acceptable behaviors agreement will lose Minecraft privileges. Supplementary print materials are available in such circumstance. 4. The initial assignment with instructions can be completed in one 90 minute session by an experienced teacher with a classroom aide or classroom parent. If the lesson is split I recommend placing the break after step 15, thus giving students time to complete the three Minecraft Idaho Challenges. 5. The assignment should be able to be completed in one week of class sessions. However, additional work may be completed over a longer period of time. This is the kind of project that could (and should!) grow over a whole unit.
Verification/Assessment: 1. Students will watch the two Minecraft introduction videos as a class and verify that they know how to perform the basic functions in the game environment by completing the I know Minecraft! form. 2. Each student will successfully complete the Minecraft Idaho Challenges. 3. Each student will successfully complete the Building Franklin floor plan.
4. Each student will begin to build their house in the Minecraft Idaho, Build Franklin! simulation. (Completion checklist) 5. Each student will successfully complete and turn in pages 1-4 of the Idaho History Geography Worksheet homework assignment. Activity: 1. Introduce the Minecraft Idaho: Build Franklin activity. Briefly review the information the class received in their last Idaho history lesson which covered Franklin, Idaho’s first successful settlement. Tell the class that now they get to work on building their own class version of Franklin in Minecraft! (Check for understanding.) Time: 3 minutes. 2. Review the concepts of perimeter and area. Discuss how these could be important for constructing a building or creating a town like Franklin. (Check for understanding.) Time: 3 minutes. 3. Introduce the Building Franklin design grid activity. Students will design the basic floor plan (outline) of a house they will be building in Minecraft. (Check for understanding.) Time: 3 minutes. 4. Students will complete the drawing of their floor plan and calculate the perimeter and area of their house. When done, students will have the teacher or a class aide check their floor plan design and make sure they have correctly calculated the perimeter and area. Time: 10 minutes. 5. Teacher or aide marks the floor plan design complete. Time: 10 minutes. (Do not include in instruction time. Can be started as soon as students begin turning in their designs.) 6. Introduce the two introductory videos for Minecraft. (Use the projector and whiteboard.) Time: 2 minutes. 7. The entire class will watch two Minecraft introductory videos: Controls/Options and How to Punch Trees. Stop after each video to assess understanding. Time: 1 minute. 8. Introduce the Controls/Options video. Time: 1 minute. 9. Have the entire class watch the Controls/Options video. (Check for understanding: Students will raise hands to show they understand how to move left, right, forward, back, jump, drop items and check inventory.) Time: 5 minutes. 10. Introduce the How to Punch Trees video. Time: 1 minute. 11. Have the entire class watch the How to Punch Trees video. (Check for understanding: Students raise hands to show they understand how to log in to Minecraft.) Time: 5 minutes. 12. The teacher introduces the I Know Minecraft form. (Use the projector to display the form on the whiteboard.) A class aide or the teacher passes out the I Know Minecraft forms. Students will write their name neatly on each line to indicate agree with what the paper says. (Check for understanding. Provide individual help as needed. All of the students have just watched the video and discussed as a group so there should be a high level of understanding.) Time: 3 minutes. 13. Collect the I Know Minecraft forms. These will be placed in each student’s Minecraft folder. Time: 2 minutes. 14. Introduce and explain the Minecraft Idaho Challenges . Hand out copies of the Minecraft Idaho Challenges sheet. Login to Minecraft Idaho and show the students examples of
the buildings they are going to construct for the challenges. Ask students to estimate how many blocks they think it will take to complete the third and final building. Have them write their estimate on the appropriate line on their worksheet. Note: The students will have enough pre-populated wooden blocks to construct the first two building outlines and most of the third. The students will run out of building materials during construction of the third building. This is planned. The students will need to find trees and get wood from them in order to get enough building supplies to complete the third and final building challenge. Time: 8 minutes. 15. Introduce and explain the Minecraft Idaho Code of Conduct. (Use the projector to show this on the whiteboard.) Review the Minecraft Idaho Code of Conduct with the entire class. Have the class recite the Code of Conduct together. (Check for understanding.) Time: 3 minutes. 16. Students will get a laptop and mouse from the laptop cart so they can complete the Minecraft Idaho Code of Conduct form online. Have students turn on their computers and log in. All computers are set to display the class home page by default on boot. Have the students click on the link to the Minecraft Idaho Code of Conduct and complete the form. (Check for understanding.) Time: 5 minutes. 17. Each student will complete the Minecraft Idaho Code of Conduct online form. A class aide or the teacher will view the completed forms and verify that all students have completed the form. Time: 3 minutes. 18. Have students login to Minecraft Idaho in Singleplayer mode so they can complete the Minecraft Idaho Challenges. (Students will work individually in a personal Minecraft space for the first part of the assignment.) Time: 3 minutes. 19. Each student will complete three building challenges and fill in the answers on the Minecraft Idaho Challenges sheet.(Minecraft Idaho Challenges ) Time: 15 minutes. 20. The teacher or a class aide will check the progress on the challenges and provide assistance as needed. Time: Done with step 19. 21. Completed challenge buildings will be evaluated using the following checklist. Time: 20 minutes. (Do not include in instruction time. Can be started while other students are working on the challenges.) 22. Upon completion of the three Minecraft Idaho Challenges students may log out of singleplayer mode and login to the Minecraft Idaho multiplayer simulation to begin building their house. Time: 10 minutes. 23. Instruct students to first view their inventory by pressing the I key. Each student should have 100 wood blocks, a sign, and flint and steel. 24. Students will mark their house with a provided sign artifact in the game. (This is premade and in the student’s inventory. There is no need to craft the sign.) 25. Verify that students are on task building their houses and that they have placed an identification sign next to their house. Use this checklist. 26. At the end of class have all students log out of Minecraft Idaho, shut down their computers and return them to the laptop cart. Time: 3 minutes. 27. Students will take the Idaho History Geography worksheets home with them to complete and return with their weekly homework packet. Time: 1 minute to explain. Total time: 90 minutes.
Notes: - Students with no background knowledge in technology will be paired with a tech savvy partner. - Links to historic Franklin County are provided for students who want or need more historic context for this stage of the simulation. - Materials from the Idaho State Historical Society - Reference Series may be used for supplementary reading or as work for students who lose their Minecraft privileges.
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