Summer is growing to the teeth and that means it’s back-to-school season once again. What better time to check out the best resources available for teachers in Minecraft Education Edition? It has a plethora of lesson plans covering just about every academic topic out there, and something for educators of all kinds. Here we have selected some of the best lessons, challenges and activities that Minecraft Education Edition has to offer. So, without further delay, let’s take a look at them.
This course for teachers new to Minecraft Education Edition consists of three modules: individual construction; modifying together; and building worlds together. The course has a well designed path for educators and is a great introduction to Minecraft Education Edition. It is designed to accommodate various teaching and learning styles. For teachers looking to immerse themselves in this learning tool, this is the place to start.
This custom Minecraft world is specifically designed for students going back to school in a virtual environment. In Back to School! Students are asked to create something unique within the game to present to the class. The student’s creation, or rather a screenshot of it, is shared via Microsoft Teams or Flipgrid.
Inside the virtual classroom are posters displaying the rules for digital citizenship, on which students are tested through NPC challenges. Back to school! is a great activity to help returning virtual students get back in the swing of things after the long summer break.
Learn all about the elements with these fun scavenger hunt activities. The great thing about these challenges is that they have lesson extensions, like researching an item and creating a build in Minecraft that contains that item. These are also great for developing collaboration and critical thinking skills.
Created in partnership with Random House and the National Literacy Trust, this lesson has students read the first official Minecraft novel Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks in class and then in-game build a shelter inspired by the novel. Students then create a short video that demonstrates their Minecraft build and explains their use of the six Ps from the text: planning, preparation, prioritizing, practicing, patience, and perseverance. It’s a fun activity for students and a great way to spark their creativity.
This challenge helps students develop their emotional self-awareness. The challenge for students is to build something in the world of Minecraft that matches how they feel right now. First, students use Book and Pen to write a paragraph about what is affecting their mood. Then they build something for each emotion they record. And finally, the student shares that construction with the class.
This Minecraft world is based on Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. It is designed to help teach English/language arts and allows teachers to create their own lessons along with those included in the lesson plan.
Lesson ideas include having students explore the world of the lesson and find scenes from the book. Or have students build a village for the animals in the story to live in. These are just a few ideas of how the world of Minecraft Fantastic Mr. Fox can be used to improve students’ language skills in a way that appeals to them.
The concept of this lesson is quite simple: Have students build an object in Minecraft that represents the one thing they would take with them to a deserted island. Lesson extension ideas include having students take photos or screenshots of their creations and share them with the class. Or have them write a paragraph about what they built and why. Or, most interesting of all, have them switch to survival mode in Minecraft to see how long they can last on the island with the item they built.
These were really just a small sample of what Minecraft Educational Edition has to offer. Do yourself a favor and take the time to explore the Minecraft Education Edition Site and discover for yourself the range of educational tools and resources available. It’s a great tool that can engage students and is especially valuable in digital learning.