Building Organization with Minecraft – Scavenger Hunt

Building Organization Skills With Minecraft: Scavenger Hunt

In this workshop, we will use the premise of a Minecraft scavenger hunt to practice organization skills.

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Today’s Activity: Scavenger Hunt

For this session your children will be practicing organization skills while preparing for and embarking on a scavenger hunt! We will start with the basics, what is organization? How can it be used? Then the basics of scavenger hunts and how to locate and claim items.

We will then separate into groups and each child will be tasked with developing a scavenger list based around a theme (items that are green, food, hard to break, etc.). Students will then have the opportunity to search for the items on their list, the items on a friends list, or organize a group teamwork plan to hunt for all the items selected. Our gamer – guides will observe, help them and ask them questions to keep them thinking while they are organizing as well.

Explorers will be given a set amount of time to search. Once the time runs out and everyone will regroup and have explain their list and how successful they were finding their items. We will be asking questions like did everything go according to plan? What would you change next time? We will wrap it up by explaining how organizing an adventure like this ahead of time will help them get a better result and explain the value of organization and teamwork in everyday life.

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Workshop Schedule

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Workshop Activities

The LW4K method to using video games as teaching tools relies on strategic teaching principles and our approach of “Detect, Reflect, and Connect.” The purpose of the Detect, Reflect, and Connect steps is to mold the child into an active learner who becomes aware of, engaged in, and contemplative of what she is learning. These steps can enhance motivation and concentration. They also assist in extending learning beyond a particular game or technology and connecting it to the real world.

  • Detect

    Detect or identify when and where they are using thinking skills in video game play.

    Before we start building the Learningworks For Kids gamer guides will make it clear that today’s session is about Organization. As we give out the basic materials we will bounce around and talk about everyones list and how they are organizing their their items.

  • Reflect

    Reflect or consider how the thinking skills used during gameplay helps them to achieve their goals.

    Once their list is made we will talk about how organizing items by theme can help you remember what is on the list and recognize items on your list when you see them.

    After students have time to look for their items in the forest, we will reflect on how groups organized their team members and whether that organization made it easier or harder to find their items.

  • Connect

    Connect or apply game-based thinking skills to real-world activities.

    Through out the session we will relate the organization your child is using in minecraft with tasks they must overcome on a daily basis. For example, talking about how organizing the scavenger hunt list and team is not too different than organizing a group project at school.

Follow-Up Activities

Activity #1

Let’s Play Video – Planning in Minecraft

Watch this Let’s Play video about Planning in Minecraft:

Talk to your child about how organizing lists to go shopping at the supermarket and deciding which rows to walk down and in which order is similar to how they approached the minecraft scavenger hunt.

If you want to play with your child, create a new list and set out on a survival mode adventure and see how quickly you can locate the items on your list. Talk to your child about how some items are more difficult to find than others, and how some items can only be found in certain locations.