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“We just got access to use Minecraft in the classroom, and we are going to start by connecting it to what we are learning in math. Any Ideas?” After a brief pause the hands shot up in the air. “We are learning about area and perimeter. Let’s build the classroom!” “Let’s build the school!!” “Yea! We can turn the school into a game!” “We can spawn the teachers, and then defeat them!” It was at that moment I realized that my life would never be the same. I had never played Minecraft before. I went to a workshop by chance. I had no idea what I was in store for. I had no idea their reaction would be this intense! The planning continued and the students came up with this... To start the game, you will need to locate the hidden buzzer outside the school. When you press it, the door will unlock and you can go inside. You need to explore the school and find the kindergarten class. When you enter, the door locks behind you, and you are trapped. Something spawns and tries to attack you, you defeat it, but you are still locked in. You see a math word problem written on the blackboard, find a paper, write the answer, and drop it in a chest. If the answer is correct the door unlocks and sets you free. You then need to find a grade 1 classroom, and the same thing happens over again, only the questions and the monster get a little harder each time as you progress through to grade 8. Finally you escape grade 8, and the door to the school yard opens. There you will find a huge carnival to play in with roller coasters, water slides, bouncy castles, and even a petting zoo!! By the end of the 45 minute period, the game was planned, the students divided themselves into groups, and they were ready! We spent the next period reviewing area, and how to measure the hallways and classrooms. Students were given a floor, and they went to every classroom and recorded every square meter of every classroom using a meter stick. They drew out a bird’s eye view floor plan and filled in all the measurements. We built the entire school in 4 days. 28 grade 4/5 students. 3 computers. Everyone got a chance.
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