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Started by Andrew de Wit 04 Sep 2013 9:54pm () Replies (9)

I am currently using Minecraft as an assesment tool in maths, getting my students to "tell me everything they know about fractions, decimals and ratios. Well! the focus, problem solving, sharing ideas has been amazing!! Not as quick to complete and is going to be a little different marking and recording against NS but incredibly rich maths and..

Has anyone else done this and have suggestions to guide, mark etc.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Andrew de wit

Mangaroa

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  • Tracy Tindle (View all users posts) 05 Sep 2013 8:46am ()

    We use Minecraft quite a lot in my class and have most recently used it in maths for measurement where students built researched and built and ancient greek village (we were studying this for social studies) and then used this to create a range of measurement tasks such as finding the perimter, area and volume of their buildings and  the perimeter of their village.  

    This is a copy of their doc they had to complete.

    Perimeter, Area and Volume Minecraft Mashup


    Remember- In our builds, 1m : 1 block.


    Use this website to help you find perimeter and area- http://www.bgfl.org/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/perimeter_and_area/index.html


    Perimeter

    Perimeter is the distance around something.  It is always represented by the m2


    1.  Measure the perimeter around these buildings.  Write the answers in your maths books.

    a.  Family house

    b.  Main temple

    c.  School

    d.  Smaller temples

    e.  Agora

    f.  The perimeter of your entire village.


    2.  Draw the floor plan for one of the family houses. Label all the rooms and the lengths of each wall.  

    Find the perimeter for each room including the courtyard.  You must rule all lines!


    Area

    Area is how much space something takes up.  


    1.  Find the area of these buildings.  Write the answers in your maths books.

    a.  Family house

    b.  Main temple

    c.  School

    d.  Smaller temples

    e.  Agora

    f.  The perimeter of your entire village.


    2.  Draw the floor plan for the family house you used in the perimeter activity. Label all the rooms and the lengths of each wall.

    Find the area of all the rooms the house you used for the perimeter activity.







    Volume

    Volume is the amount of space enclosed by a shape or object, how much 3-dimensional space (length, width, and height) it occupies.  it is always represented by m3


    Find the volume of the temple by following this formula. (LengthxWidth) x height

    Write the answers in your maths book.


    1.  Find the volume of the temple.


    Distance Comprehension Questions


    Answer these questions in your maths books.  Remember to use the correct unit of measurement for each answer.


    1.  Measure the distance around your village by calculating the following by using the fence blocks you have built around your village.


    a.  What is the distance around your village if 1 fence block=1m?

    b.  What is the distance around your village if 1 fence block= 1.5m?

    c.  Convert your answer to question a into km.

    d.  Convert your answer from question a into cm.


    2.  Using the paths you have build throughout your village, find the distance between these places.  Remember that 1 block=1m.

    a.  the distance from the temple to the agora

    b.  the distance from the temple to the furthest house.

    c.  The distance from the agora to the gymnasia

    d.  the distance if you left the agora and travelled to the temple, then to the other two             

    temples.

    e.  the distance from the school to the agora


    3.  How would the above distances change if 1 block=2m?


    4.  What is the height of the main temple if 1 block:1m

     
    Also check out our Lifeforms project at http://misstindlesclass.wordpress.com/life-forms-project/

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