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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 help@cobblestonecollective.ca

Your Cobblestone Crate Lesson Choices

Select as many as you would like!

Supplement your Novel Study with Minecraft: Education Edition

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:

  1. Create your Characters
  2. Creating a Foil with Pixel Art
  3. Assemble a Descriptive Setting
  4. Reflecting with a Book and Quill
  5. 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. 

Exploring Fractions & Decimals with Minecraft: Education Edition

This Cobblestone Crate, designed for Grade 4 to 6  teachers, will help you integrate Minecraft: Education Edition activities to supplement your current Fractions & Decimals unit and show how coding can be integrated in math. The activities are designed for Grade 4 to 6 classes, it can be adapted for other grade levels by modifying the level of difficulty of the tasks.

The 5 Activities included are:

  1. Crafting Fractions (Fractions as Division)
  2. 3D Fractions (Fractions on a number line)
  3. Fraction Garden (Relating fractions & decimals)
  4. Fraction Farm (Adding & Subtracting decimals)
  5. Minecraft Marathon (Equivalent fractions

Plan to begin your fractions and decimals math unit the way you always have and then when the timing is right for you, add a dash of Cobblestone Crate to your lesson plan and learning activities.  You may choose to sprinkle the activities throughout your math unit, or save them all until the end.  That’s totally up to you, and the beauty of this crate collection. 

Dig into Geology with Minecraft: Education Edition

This Cobblestone Crate, designed for Grades 4-8, will help you integrate Minecraft: Education Edition activities to supplement cross curricular activities for Science units on geology and social studies units on geography to understand how rocks and landforms are formed over time. The unit will have students also make 3d topographical maps to help understand how they are used for geographic mapping and geographic planning. 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. Although this set of activities is designed for Grade 4 to 8 classes, it can be adapted for other grade levels by modifying the level of difficulty of the tasks.

The 5 Activities included are:

  1. Rocks! Rocks! Rocks!
  2. Landforms Before Time
  3. Badlands Biome Scavenger Hunt
  4. Topographical View of the Land
  5. Why is Soil Important?

Plan to begin geology or geography units 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. 

Changemakers of Canadian History with Minecraft: Education Edition

This Cobblestone Crate, designed for Grade 4-8, will bring change makers of Canadian History to life with Minecraft: Education Edition. You and your students will explore three impactful parts of Canadian History (the Canadian Pacific Railway, Viola Desmond, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commision). After exploring the impact of these events, students will have the opportunity to research present-day changemakers, then consider how they may leave their own mark on Canadian history with an exciting design challenge. This Crate has a focus on builds and creativity, and would be a great supplement to teachers looking to develop how their students see themselves as part of Canadian History.

The 5 Activities included are:

  1. The Canadian Pacific Railway
  2. Viola Desmond
  3. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  4. Modern Changemakers
  5. Seeing ourselves as Changemakers

This series of lessons would be a great challenge for a Social Studies or History class, or would be a valuable addition to a class studying a broad scope of Canadian History. Consider spending time with your students developing background knowledge on the subjects presented in order to boost their creativity and builds in Minecraft: Education Edition. Educators should also consider time for collaboration and sharing as their students work through the series. 

Biodiversity and Conservation with Minecraft: Education Edition

This Cobblestone Crate, designed for Grade 4 to 6  teachers, will help you integrate Minecraft: Education Edition activities to supplement your Science units on ecosystems, habitats, or biodiversity. Additionally, these activities will pair well with your study of UN Sustainable Development Goals 11-15. These activities are general enough that they will fit with science or social studies topics that deal with conservation issues yet are specific enough that they will meet curricular objectives as well.

The 5 Activities included are:

  1. Extinction! Safari
  2. Endangered Species Biodiversity Lab
  3. Biome Exploration, Documenting Native Species
  4. Causes of Biodiversity Loss
  5. What can we do to Maintain Biodiversity?

Plan to begin your study of ecology 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. 

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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

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