The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is excited to announce new educational content released for Mojang and Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition. CEE released two free Minecraft lesson plans providing teachers, grades 3-5 nationwide the opportunity to further engage their students on the subject of economics via one of the most popular games in the world.
The lesson plans are designed for students to explore how to make smart economic choices in a team setting. When playing Minecraft, students will evaluate costs and benefits to help determine the types of resources needed to build a structure. In turn, when they’ve created a structure in Minecraft they will reflect on how their economic decisions made a positive or negative impact on their built environment.
“We are excited about our activities with the Minecraft Education team,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEO and President, CEE. “The fact is that only 20 states require students to take a course in high school economics and it’s our mission to ensure kids at every age are given the opportunity to learn key economic concepts. Using Minecraft is a fun and easy way to teach kids about fundamental life skills – choices, costs, and benefits – all core principles of economics.”
CEE will continue to develop free Minecraft lesson plans tied to economic concepts for teachers to use in the classroom. To view the two free lesson plans, please visit:
- Choices, Costs and Benefits:https://www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/1376/Learning-Economics-with-Minecraft-Choices-Costs-Benefits
- Productive Resources:https://www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/1374/Learning-Economics-with-Minecraft-Productive-Resources
Teachers can sign-up for a trial of Minecraft: Education Edition by visiting: http://education.minecraft.net/get-started/.