History Games and History Simulations

     Welcome to, the website dedicated to student engagement and interactive lesson plans. 

     In our History Simulation lesson activities, your students are assigned roles as world leaders and given objectives that mirror the national interests of those countries.  

Guided by these objectives, they conduct diplomacy, negotiate with other countries, and develop strategies.  This creates a dynamic classroom where students are self-motivated to be engaged as they are confronted with complex situations and difficult decisions.  

And with our new online World History Simulator Platforms, you'll find implementing Gamification easier than ever to administer and they'll create an even better experience for your students!

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​     Mr. Harms also develops engaging History Presentations for teachers in both PowerPoint and Keynote Platforms.  These Presentations include concepts, critical thinking questions and powerful animations to help students remember complex ideas and historical situations. Each presentation package includes Power Point, Keynote and Presenters Notes.

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History Simulations

Podcasts About History Simulations

Host Larry Jacobs interviews History Teacher David Harms, creator of,  and IFAHS Principal Tony Neumann about the effects of History Simulations in the classroom.  The three discuss the engagement and critical thinking that these History Simulations have facilitated in their History Classrooms.  Edu-talk-radio is Talk Radio for educators and administrators about educational products and services with industry and professional guests, K-university.

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Cool Cat Teacher

History teacher David Harms uses simulations to teach history. Whether it is World War 1, World War 2, the Cold War or the American Civil War, learn how these immersive “games” teach history much more deeply than most textbooks. We can engage and excite this generation about history. 

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Teaching History With Simulations and Game Based Learning

The Marvin Byrd Show

"I've never been good at history." This is the mental barrier heard by many history teachers. Today, history is not solely about memorizing facts and events. It's about judging mistakes and praising good decisions throughout history. This involves a high level of analysis. Students have to go on a journey through time and see the event from the perspective of the people who were there. That is the challenge of a teacher who desires to maintain a high level of rigor in their lessons. Mr. Dave Harms joins this edition of The Marvin Byrd Show. He shares with us a simulation he created to increase rigor and engage all students.

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Engaging students with Historical Simulations

Interactive Social Studies Games & History Presentations

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Why Should You use History Simulations?

     Social Studies Games promote the social and emotional growth of kids, logical reasoning, and decision making.  Simulations increase social interaction and enhance problem solving skills, individually as well as in a group setting. Using World History Simulations is a unique way to increase your students' interest and enthusiasm for history!  Using simulations for education not only makes learning fun, but also increases understanding of why events in history happened. You will also find Common Core Social Studies Reports included.

Social Studies Games Build 21st Century Skills

     The term 21st Century Skills refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits and character traits that are believed-by educators, school reformers college professors, employers, and  others-to be critically important to success in today's world, particularly in collegiate programs and contemporary careers and workplaces.  Generally speaking, 21st century skills can be applied in all academic subject areas, and in all educational, career, and civic settings throughout a student's life.

History Simulations require students to practice a wide variety of 21st century skills as they engage with the material and each other.

For more detail, see History Simulations & 21st Century Skills 

History Simulations Achieve Multiple Common Core State Standards

     The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects represent the next generation of K–12 standards designed to prepare all students for success in college, career, and life by the time they graduate from high school.

The standards establish guidelines for English language arts (ELA) as well as for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Because students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, the standards promote the literacy skills and concepts required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines.

History simulations challenge students to communicate effectively in a variety of ways as they engage with the subject matter and each other.

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The Common Core standards history simulations address.

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