Your Next Minecraft: Education Edition Lesson Plan Made Easy
Do you like the idea of our co-taught lessons with Minecraft: Education Edition, but find it difficult to fit into your schedule?
Fret not, friend, we’ve got something for you – Cobblestone Crates!
What is a Cobblestone Crate?
Similar to the meal plans such as Hello Fresh and Chef’s Plate, Cobblestone Crate lesson plans are equally easy to prepare, where most of the ‘ingredients’ are included, yet will still allow you to ‘spice it up’ with ingredients from your own pedagogical pantry.
Added bonus: Unlike Hello Fresh, our ingredients won’t expire, so you can use these lesson plan ideas whenever it fits your schedule best.
Each activity inside the Crate is designed to take approximately 1-2 hours to complete, yet we know that once students start building in Minecraft, they can take it to the next level and spend days! You may choose to work through all of the activities together as a class or assign them as an independent study for your students – both options work!
Inside every Cobblestone Crate, you’ll receive:
A subject-specific, multi-day activity pack designed to be implemented on your class schedule
An introductory video to introduce your co-teachers and help set the stage for your students
A minimum of 5 additional activity videos which provide step-by-step instructions for your students.
Minecraft: Education Edition exploration time and differentiated build challenge ideas
Asynchronous student engagement opportunities through a Microsoft Form
Reflection activities and suggested sharing options
Asynchronous support via email at email@example.com
Your Cobblestone Crate Lesson Choices
Select as many as you would like!
A Minecraft: Education Edition Novel Study
This Cobblestone Crate, designed for Grade 4-6 teachers, will help you integrate Minecraft: Education Edition activities to supplement your current novel study unit. The activities are general enough that they will apply to any novel you are reading, yet specific enough to meet a variety of curricular expectations. Our team of Cobblestone educators will help guide you and your students through each of the activities, providing options for student reflection and sharing, leaving room for you to determine your own assessment techniques.
The 5 Activities included are:
- Create your Characters
- Creating a Foil with Pixel Art
- Assemble a Descriptive Setting
- Reflecting with a Book and Quill
- Build Battle: Re-create Your Favourite Scene
Plan to begin your novel study the way you always have and then when the timing is right for you, add a dash of Cobblestone Crate to your lesson plan. You may choose to sprinkle the activities throughout the unit or save them all until the end – that’s totally up to you.
Thank you to Microsoft Canada and Minecraft: Education Edition for making these Cobblestone Crates FREE for classrooms!
Frequently Asked Questions
All of your lessons are packaged into a concise video, typically between 20-30 minutes. We encourage you to preview them beforehand to ensure a basic understanding of the concepts being discussed.
Pro-Tip: Open the video directly in YouTube, speed up the playback speed and open the transcripts for quicker viewing!
We encourage you and your class to pause the videos at certain times for class discussions, student reflections and Minecraft: Education Edition Build Time.
Student reflections can be posted to a Microsoft Form provided during the videos. No personal student information is collected beyond their first name.
Some student reflections will be highlighted as part of our Honourable Mention feed on our website. Only student first names will be listed on the feed, along with their reflections.
You can expect each activity to take between 1-2 hours to complete. A Crate contains 5 activities, so a total of 10 hours is suggested.
That said, you can use 1 or all of the activities. We also know that students love to build inside Minecraft: Education Edition, so you can always add on additional build time. Refer to each Crate’s lesson plan for more details on the timing.
Reflection activities and sharing strategies will be provided for each activity, but we’ll leave any assessment techniques up to you, recognizing the many different assessment options that are out there