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DEFCON 1

In this Cold War Lesson Plan:
·  Students will take roles as leaders like President Kennedy, Secretary Khrushchev and Fidel Castro of Cuba along with other leaders of NATO and Warsaw Pact countries.
·  Students will be introduced to a combination of Cold War events such as the "Berlin Crisis" and "The Cuban Missile Crisis".
·  Students will problem solve to work through extremely difficult situations in this activity.

NATO countries work to achieve consensus decisions.
Warsaw Pact countries are dominated by the Soviet Union.

Mutually Assured Destruction

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Launch Codes: These cards will be used by countries with Nuclear Weapons to launch their missiles.

DEFCON 3

Readiness: Heightened

Action: Submarines move to their firing positions.

Armored divisions face off in Central Europe

DEFCON 5
Tactical Nuclear Weapons Control Panel
Cold War Central Europe Tanks

Readiness: War!

Action: Missiles Hot- Ready To Launch!

Conventional Warfare

Readiness: Above Normal

Action: All Forces on High Alert​​​

Nuclear Fire Control Center

Armored divisions are targeted and after hitting "Launch" Tactical Nuclear Weapons destroy those divisions.

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Bombers Failsafe
DEFCON 4
DEFCON 2
Nuclear Launch Sequence

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Tactical Nuclear Weapons Targeting

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Nuclear Submarine Bases

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Readiness: Normal


Nuclear Submarine Firing Positions

The Stakes Have Never Been Higher
The Decisions Have Never Been Tougher!

Bring History To Life with this Cold War Unit Plan
Your students will take the roles of John F Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev and many others.


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

Your students will get excited about The Cold War in this WW3 Nuclear War Simulation and want to learn more! 

Objectives of This Activity/Lesson Plan
Students Will Understand:

-Nuclear Escalation
-Background of the countries involved in the Cold War.
-Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)
-The Soviet overwhelming conventional military advantage in Europe
-Purpose of the weapons of the Cold War

Cold War Simulation Map

All-Out Nuclear Strike

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Fire Control Center: This is where you will enter the Launch codes and "Press The Button"

National Social Studies Standards of the United States
Era 9- The 20th Century Since 1945: Promises and Paradoxes

Standard 1: How Post World War II reconstruction occurred, new international power relations took shape, and colonial empires broke up.

Standard 1B: The student understands why global power shifts took place and the Cold War broke out in the aftermath of World War II.

Therefore, the student is able to:
Explain how political, economic and military conditions prevailing in the mid 1940's led to the Cold War. (Analyze Cause and Effect Relationships)
Analyze major differences in the political ideologies and values of the Western democracies and the Soviet Bloc. (Compare and contrast different ideas, values and institutions.
Compare the impact of Soviet domination on Eastern Europe with changes that occurred in Japanese and German Society under allied occupation. (Compare and contrast differing values behaviors and institutions)(Not all standards covered in this lesson plan)

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Tactical Nuclear Weapons

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Readiness: War Readiness!

Action: Long Range Bombers leave their bases and fly to failsafe positions.

Nuclear Launch Codes
Soviet Union ICBMs

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