Economics, civics and math in a virtual Minecraft World
Students learn math, economics, civics, geometry and technology as they work together to create a city within a virtual Minecraft Education world. While certainly a fun game, Minecraft is also a limitless platform for students to learn academic skills in a highly engaging virtual environment. In this problem-solving class, students design their own house and business within a virtual city as they learn about budgeting, profit and loss, supply and demand and consumer markets. As they serve on a city council, they study how laws are made and work together to create and vote on a city constitution of laws. Students use mathematics and geometry to construct a working urban environment. They must problem-solve as they serve on a city council responding to natural disasters and challenging urban issues. STEM skills have never been so fun!
Note: Grade 3-5 and 6-8 versions available. Online and live classes available.
Fall Online Class Schedule:
- Programs are 6 weeks long, 1.5 hours each week. However, students can also work on their houses, businesses and buildings in their virtual city between class sessions (many more hours of fun for your dollar!)
- All classes are recorded so students can view the lesson on their own time.
- Price for a 6 week class (9 total hrs) is $121 + $5 Minecraft Education Fee
- After 6 weeks, students have the option of signing up for another 6 week session to continue with their city!
Background Info: Welcome to Our City!
Activity: Let's Plan the Construction of Your House
Skills: Perimeter and Area
City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on the City Name Nominees
Background Info: The Basics of Business
Activity: Continue Your House, Planning Your Business
Skills: Business Budgeting, Supply & Demand
City Council Debate & Vote: Chopping Down Trees, Land-Buying
Background Info: Powerpoint:
Activity: Writing Our Constitution, Finishing Our Houses
Skills: Mean, Median and Mode, Critical Thinking and Writing in Creating the Laws of Our Constitutions
City Council Debate & Vote: Will be Cars be Allowed?
Background Info: Powerpoint: "What's First?: Planning Our First City Buildings!"
Activity: Creating City Blueprints
Skills: City building budgeting
City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on City Constitution Plans
Background Info: Powerpoint: "Here Comes the Tax Man!: How Taxes Work in a City"
Activity: Finishing Your Business (Get Ready for Your Grand Opening)
Skills: Profit and Loss in Businesses
City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on City Building Blueprints, Voting on Tax Plans
Background Info: Marketing Your Business
Activity: Responding to a Natural Disaster crisis, creating advertisements
Skills: Business marketing, critical thinking, committee teamwork
City Council Vote & Debate: Island Proposals Vote, Crisis Plans
Background Info: Calculating Transportation Methods
Activity: Creating Businesses, Responding to the Natural Disaster, Creating TV Commercials
Skills: Multiplication Problems, Calculating Transportation Methods
City Council Vote & Debate: Disaster Plan Voting
Background Info: Powerpoint: "Go West, Young Man: Expansion Options for Our City"
Activity: Creating Expansion Plans, Writing Persuasive Speeches
Skills: Addition and Subtraction Problem-Solving
City Council Vote & Debate: Voting on Transportation Plans
Background Info: Powerpoint: Car Talk: The Automobile and the City
Activity: Creating Road Plans
Skills: Measurement and City Grid Planning
City Council Vote & Debate: Voting on Expansion proposals
Background Info: Elections for Mayor
Activity: Campaigns for Mayor
Skills: Critical Thinking on Issue Positions
City Council Vote & Debate: Voting on Highway and Road Plans
Background Info: Powerpoint: Let's Go Green: The Environment and Our City
Activity: Creating Environmental Plans
Skills: Writing Proposals, Concept Analysis, Measurement Problem-Solving
City Council Vote & Debate: Election Voting
Background Info: Powerpont: The Future: Cities in the year 2100
Activity: Wrapping up City Activities
City Council Vote & Debate:
In this class, students will:
- Work with other students to create a virtual city within the Minecraft Education World
- Use mathematical skills to solve problems related to geometry, money, time, averaging and budgets
- Create their own business within their Minecraft Education city as they learn about profits, budgeting, marketing, supply and demand and consumer feedback
- Serve on a city council while creating and voting on a city constitution of laws
- Use geometric planning to devise a road system, urban grid and electricity network for their virtual city
- Give a campaign election speech to voters outlining issue positions
- Learn about and make decisions related to urban environmental issues
- Problem-solve with classmates as the city council responds to natural disasters and challenging issues within the city
- See powerpoint lessons on the power plants, elections, city planning, urban history, elections, marketing and business products
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