NEW YORK, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 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: http://www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/1376/Learning-Economics-with-Minecraft-Choices-Costs-Benefits
- Productive Resources: http://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/.
About the Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education is the leading non-profit organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school - and we have been doing so for 68 years. We carry out our mission by educating the educators: providing the curriculum tools, the pedagogical support, and the community of peers that instruct, inspire, and guide. All resources and programs are developed by educators, and delivered by our national network of affiliates. Our goal is to reach and teach every child. Each year CEE's programs reach more than 55,000 K-12 teachers and over 5 million students across the United States. EconEdLink – our free, online educator gateway for economic and personal finance lessons and resources – attracts more than 1 million unique visitors each year.
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SOURCE Council for Economic Education