Economics, civics and math in a virtual Minecraft World
Students learn economics, civics, geometry, history and technology as they work together to create a city within a virtual Minecraft world. Minecraft is 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 as they learn about budgeting, profit and loss and supply and demand. 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. STEM skills have never been so fun!
Background Info: Powerpoint: Welcome to Our City!, Powerpoint: How Cities Get Their Names
Activity: Let's Plan the Construction of Your House, Your Housing Budget
City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on the City Name Nominees
Background Info: Powerpoint: "Your Business Plan"
Activity: Continue Constructing Your House, Business Plans
Skills: Business Budgeting, Supply & Demand
City Council Debate & Vote: Gas Cars, Electric Cars or No Cars at All!
Background Info: Powerpoint: "Flag Meanings and Symbols"
Activity: Constructing your Business, Creating Your City Flag Nominee
Skills: Business Budgeting, Supply & DemandCity Council Debate & Vote: A Letter from a Concerned Citizen, A Fire Station Solution
Background Info: Powerpoint: "What's First?: Planning Our Most Important City Buildings!", Powerpoint: "Marketing Your Business"
Activity: Creating City Building Blueprints, Creating Business Commercials
Skills: City building budgeting
City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on City Constitution Plans
Background Info: Powerpoint: "Let's Create a Constitution of Laws!"
Activity: Writing Our Constitution, Finishing Our Businesses, Finishing Flags, Giving out Shopper Points
Skills: Perimeter and Area, Critical Thinking and Writing as we create the laws of our constitutions
City Council Debate & Vote: Official flag vote
Background Info: Powerpoint: "The Future of Cities," "Taxes: Why Do We Have Them?"
Activity: Finishing up your Business and City Buildings, Capturing Your City
Skills: Analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of taxes
City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on Tax Plans
Background Info: Powerpoint: "Let's Go! Transportation Options for Our City"
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: