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World War 2 Lesson Plans, Interactive WW2 Simulations

     Engage your students with this interactive World War 2 Simulation.  By using engaging lesson plans and games for kids, students become interested and engaged with the Second World War and want to learn more. These Activities are rich with 21st Century Skills and teach Social Studies Concepts.  Learn more about Why Simulations Work

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Your students will take the roles of Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and many others.

-Form Alliances
-Conduct Diplomacy
-Negotiate Deals
-Use Strategic Thinking
-Problem Solve
-Higher Order Thinking

Most importantly, your students will get excited about World War Two and want to learn more!


      The World War 2 Simulation and Lesson Plan is designed to stimulate a high school or middle school student’s interest in this historic event. Like all’s programs, it’s designed by a teacher for teachers. Hundreds of teachers already use this program every year to actively engage students in a way that text books and videos can’t. Each student takes on roles and in the process can change events while learning about the character or country they represent. They are responsible for learning things on their own, while also actively participating in small group activities.
     The “magic” involved in this World War 2 Lesson Plan is that students become emotionally involved with their countries.  Students become competitive about achieving their objectives.  This World War 2 Simulation is a collection of Microsoft Word and Excel Documents.  The documents are organized in binders or in a computer lab/1:1 set-up electronically for students and used in combination with the War Map on your projector to bring World War Two to life in your classroom!

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 Teacher Observations

     Over spring break, I had the pleasure of observing Mr. Harms while his students were engaged in the World War II Simulation. Each class period, students were debating, plotting, and thinking of new strategies to use to help their countries succeed in World War II. Each class period was different; one class period was very cautious in their risk taking, and in the following class the Axis nations were very aggressive; creating havoc on the Allies and forcing them to readjust their plans. My favorite moment was when one student said, “that’s why Japan invaded the Dutch East Indies”, referring to the large amount of natural resources available to Japan after the conquest.

     One of the reasons why I wanted to observe Mr. Harms’ class is that I thought the simulation would be difficult to set up and explain to students.  The reality is that once the teacher puts the students’ binders together, the simulation is easy to follow and understand. All of the students in Mr. Harms’ class were involved in active debate or reflecting on their thoughts within their journals. The maps and excel documents are easy to use. The best part about observing Mr. Harms’ class was the excitement it brought to me about using his amazing simulations to improve the learning environment within my own classroom.


Dan Clapero (Middle School History Teacher)

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World War II Simulation
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National Standards

Standard 4: The causes and global consequences of World War II

Standard 4A: The student understands the causes of World War II

Therefore, the student is able to:
  • Analyze the relative importance of the legacy of World War I, the depression, ethnic and ideological conflicts, imperialism, and traditional political or economic rivalries as underlying causes of World War II. 
  • Analyze the consequences of Britain, France, the United States, and other Western Democracies failure to effectively oppose Fascist aggression.

In this World War 2 Lesson Plan:

  • Students are assigned roles as leaders or foreign ministers of 18 countries involved in World War II
    • Roles can be combined for smaller class sizes
  • Students then learn about the causes and background of The Second World War in the World Situation Summary.
  • Leaders and foreign ministers meet with other countries: forming alliances, negotiating deals and plotting strategy for war.
  • The first day, 1939, the aggressor nations move quickly to capture the vital natural resources their countries lack: Iron Ore, Coal, Oil and Rubber.
  • Guided by their objectives, students engage in diplomacynegotiation and problem solving.
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