Since my own kids are, to put it mildly, obsessed with playing Minecraft, I figured I better add a post of lessons and other resources since I assume there are many more kids loving this game. For those not familiar, Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people playing Minecraft built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things (taken from Minecraft.net). There has been plenty of buzz in the media about the game, including many educational benefits (my son’s middle school even has a club dedicated to it)! So while I hate when my kids spend too much time on the computer, I feel better knowing they are collaborating with friends and working to create something together. And while this is all well and good, I’d also love it if they would get off sometimes too. If you agree, these resources should help give your kids or students a way to enjoy the game while having fun and learning without using electronic devices!
- Site for teachers to get lesson plans using the Common Core and Minecraft! Great collection focused mainly on grades K-5.
- Ideas for playing Minecraft in the classroom
- Using the game in an Art Curriculum
- M!NECRAFT IN A HUMANITIES CLASSROOM
- History Project – Ideas and Lesson Plan
- Ideas for using Minecraft as a means to teach First-Graders
- Resources for Teaching Math
- Language Arts Lessons and Ideas
- Online Puzzles
- Word Search Puzzle
- Word Search Puzzle #2
- Crossword Puzzle
- Crossword Puzzle #2
- Materials Vocabulary – Printable Worksheet
- http://paperminecraft.com/: Great site where you can print out characters and templates to build your own world out of paper!
- Worlds Coloring-in Pages
- FREE Printable Party Banner
- Various Printables (many that can be personalized) ($)
- Tons of Coloring Pages
- Logo Coloring Page
- Large Creeper free Papercraft printable template
- Giant Steve printable papercraft character
- Free Steve head, printable template mask
- Free life sized diamond pickaxe cut out papercraft template
- Color By Number Printables Coloring Pages
- Interesting post explaining the game and why it is beneficial to students.
- Forbes Article: Using Minecraft as a Teaching Tool
- The Minecraft Teacher - Great blog chronicling a teacher’ use of the game in the classroom.
- Minecraft homeschool: Incredible educational Minecraft inspiration from all over
- Article: Minecraft spawns classroom lessons (Great photo gallery here)
- Article: Messy learning with Minecraft
- Article: Transforming the Way We Learn: Why Minecraft is an Amazing Learning Tool
- Article: Minecrafting the Classroom
- Minecraft.edu: Collaboration of a small team of educators and programmers from the United States and Finland. We are working with Mojang AB of Sweden, the creators of Minecraft, to make the game affordable and accessible to schools everywhere. We have also created a suite of tools that make it easy to unlock the power of Minecraft in YOUR classroom.
Looking for more ways to incorporate playing Minecraft into your classroom or playroom? Here are some fun products that both you and your kids are sure to enjoy!