Alignment with Curricula and Standards
Playing MinecraftEdu fosters many important 21st century skills ranging from design to active citizenship. The table below will demonstrate some critical skills that MinecraftEdu teaches, which can be found from most common curricula these days.
Note, however, that Minecraft can used to teach an unimaginably wide array of subjects. Thus, alignment with curricula and standards depends on the class and teacher in question.
Common Core State Standards
Common Core was developed jointly by state education chiefs and governors in 48 states in the US. They are a set of clear college- and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics based on existing best practices in different states, and they have been adopted in 43 states. Using MinecraftEdu in the classroom usually aligns with (but is not limited to) the following standards:
English Language Arts
Speaking & Listening
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade specific topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.4 Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.B Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.B Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Science and Technical Subjects
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9 Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Operations & Algebraic Thinking
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.OA.B.3 Generate two numerical patterns using two given rules. Identify apparent relationships between corresponding terms. Form ordered pairs consisting of corresponding terms from the two patterns, and graph the ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.G.B.5 Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.G.B.6 Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, "Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?"
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.4 Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Measurement & Data
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.4 Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.5 Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.D.8 Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
Next Generation Science Standards
The rising need for improving learning STEM-subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has been recognized widely. Next Generation Science Standards were developed to answer this need. They don’t replace Common Core’s field of science literacy but supplement them. The NGSS lay out the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices that students should master in preparation for college and careers. MinecraftEdu is a great tool for STEM education and below are a number of standards that align with it:
ETS: Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
K-2-ETS1-1. Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
ESS, LS & PS: Earth and Space, Life & Physical Sciences
5-PS1-4. Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.
2-LS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
2-ESS2-2. Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.