Friday, August 11, 2017

Maths and Minecraft!

For the last couple of weeks, Room 22 have been excited with this new learning. We were learning to apply our knowledge of how to calculate the area and perimeter of a shape. I thought it would be a great opportunity to link in our theme for the production.... MINDCRAFT!
(yes it I did spell it correctly..MinDcraft - keep a look out on our blog for more information about our production)

I asked my class to create a minecraft character using google sheets. We started off with a simple design and then once we got the hang of it, we were allowed to experiment further.

Here is some of the awesome learning that happened with this task:




Room 22 absolutely loved this activity! They ask me everyday if they can keep working on their characters.

Have a go and see what you think!


  1. Wow Room 22! These are AMAZING. It is such a creative way to learn about area and perimeter. Your designs and creativity are fantastic and very carefully thought through. How long does it take you to complete a design? Have you figured out any quick ways of calculating the area of your designs? I might give this a go in my spare time because it looks like a lot of fun.

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Hi my name is Ruby l like the mindcraft dog.I think its cute.I think you kod pot mor colour in to it.

  3. Hi my name is Alexi i really like playing on mindcraft all of the mindcraft people are amazing room 22. That look's like fun i would like to do that . Next time you could make them a bit clearer.

  4. I love the way you put the up maths about minecraft by are creative people.

  5. i like how you got your work dune in time your class room.

  6. What a great idea. I think I am going to have to do this with my maths class too!

  7. Kia ora Room 22,

    This is one of the most creative ways for using Google Spreadsheets I've ever seen! I love the colour and crossover into creativity as well as the link directly to mathematical skill and specific outcome. I can imagine the students loving this and dying to continue! Thanks for sharing this. Do you mind if I continue to share this more widely?


    1. Oh and a quick shout out to Gerhard- sharing this via the G+ community! FANTASTIC!

  8. Kia ora Room 22,
    James just shared your blogpost with me and I am in awe of the creativity you have achieved using Google Spreadsheets! I really like the way you have linked your love of Minecraft with Math and found a way to learn more about calculating the area and perimeter of a shape in a creative way. I think I would like to find some time to have a go myself. What would be your top tips? What was the simple design that you started with?

  9. Hey Room 22,
    Gerhard just shared this learning with me and I am so impressed at what you have achieved on a sheet! These look fantastic! What an amazing activity!
    I really like the other characters you have done these remind me of some I did on paper years ago! I think it would be way more fun to do on a sheet though!
    I hope more people look at this idea and it continues to expand! What if you could create characters this way and then make them into an animation - that would be pretty cool! Maybe you could share your formula for creating them in a grid, that would be some great further learning about graphs!?

  10. Hi Room 22,
    This looks like such great fun, and what a wonderful way to learn more about area. I can't wait to have a go at this myself. Thank you for sharing!
    Ms Rose, Room 5, Wesley Primary School

  11. Wowsers! Can't wait to teach area and perimeter with Room 3 at Wesley Primary as I'll be doing this for sure! Any tips for my students when they get started?