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Landmarks in our community

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By understanding where landmarks are and why they are significant, students gain an understanding of the community in which they are studying.

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Description

By understanding where landmarks are and why they are significant, students gain an understanding of the community in which they are studying. Game/Play NGSS courses Minecraft Project-Based Online

Learning objectives

  • Students will identify natural and manmade landmarks in their community (ie: fire station, grocery store, park, school, giant tree, etc.)
  • Students will reproduce those landmarks in Minecraft using a flat creative world.
  • Ages 8+: Students will demonstrate accuracy by developing a replica of landmarks in their region of a state or country.

Guiding Ideas

Mini Lesson:

Hook: Read “Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems. Identify which things (or places) helped the characters quickly get to the laundromat.

  •  Introduce concept of landmarks, both natural and manmade.
  • Brainstorm some of the landmarks in our community on a T-chart signifying which landmarks are natural and which are manmade (*Helpful to have images of local landmarks to ensure students are discussing the same locations.)

Student Activities

Independent or cooperative group activity choices:

Primary students:

  • Create landmarks in Minecraft to mimic our community
  • Minecraft savvy students may work on their own to create an entire community; beginner Minecraft students may work in a group to create one group community.

Ages 8+:

  • Divide the students into groups to create one classroom Minecraft “state” or “country”; groups can represent a geographic region.
  • Students assigned to a geographic region must work to discover geographic and manmade landmarks from that region.
  • Students will recreate landmarks in their Minecraft region.

Performance Expectations

Evidence of Learning:

Reflection of learning:

Discussion during presentation, in small groups or written:

  • Where are each of the landmarks located?
  • Which landmarks were natural and which were manmade?
  • Why did you pick the landmarks you presented?
  • What is that landmark’s significance to the region?
  • Which landmark was the most difficult to replicate? Why?
  • Which landmarks would you visit if you were able to travel to your region? Why?

 Primary Students:

  • Presentation: Students act as a tour guide and show the community they created, while answering some of the questions above.

Ages 8+:

  • Students develop their own question or fill-in- the-blank statement for each landmark. Gather all questions to create a class-developed scavenger hunt.
  • Screenshots, or screencast, of landmarks created

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Landmarks For Various Countries

Use this link to find the important landmark of countries included on this list.

Nature vs. Man-Made Landmarks

Use this link to learn about Mt. Rushmore’s rich history.

50 States, 50 landmarks

Use this list to find the most famous landmark in your state.

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