Interactive and engaging History lesson plans

American Revolutionary War Simulation Activity & Lesson Plan

Age Group: 5-12

Time/Length: Orientation: 30 Min, Simulation (4-5) 40 Minute Periods

Materials: Word & Excel Documents, No online platform at this time.






European Imperialism Simulation Activity & Lesson Plan

Age Group: 7-12
Time/Length: Orientation: 20 Min, Simulation (2-3) 40 Minute Periods
Materials: Word & Excel, Pages Documents
Online Platform: 1 year subscription included with lesson plan. 
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American Civil War Simulation Activity & Lesson Plan

Age Group: 7-12 (has been done as low as 4th grade)
Time/Length: Orientation: 40 Min, Simulation (3-4) 40 Minute Periods
Entire Class Simulation: Whole class is involved in simulation.
Materials: Word & Excel Documents
Online Platform: 1 year subscription included with lesson plan. 
                                 Renewal: $20.00/year




World War I Simulation Activity & Lesson Plan
Age Group: 7-12, Elementary Version: 4-8 and works well for lower level classes
Time/Length: Orientation: 40 Min, Simulation (5-6) 40 Minute Periods
Online Platform: 1 year subscription included with lesson plan. 
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World War II Simulation Activity & Lesson Plan

Age Group: 9-12 (Has been done as low as 5th grade and college)
Time/Length: Orientation: 40 Min, Simulation (7-8) 40 Minute Periods
Resources: Countries that don't have any won't show up.
Alliances: I announce the public ones and have them keep the secret ones.
Online Platform: 1 year subscription included with lesson plan. 
                                 Renewal: $20.00/year



Add Troops: When you add troops, they appear in the bottom left hand corner of the map- then you move them where you want them.

​View Resources: This is the glitchiest part of the program- I would have students keep track on the spreadsheets they have.  The program is accurate, but the viewing part on resources can give false information.  You have to trust it and explain to kids that it may look wrong-but inside the program it's working correctly.

Resources on the Map: The resource values located in each country that appear on the map do not change.  The reason for this is that you can't move an oil well or a coal mine.  Resources transfer when captured or transferred inside the program, but they still originate from those zones to which they are located.That's one of the things that makes those regions of strategic importance.


How to Change alliances: Double click on the name of the country on the map.


Cold War Simulation Activity & Lesson Plan

Age Group: 7-12 ( Has been done below 7th and college)
Time/Length: Orientation: 40 Min, Simulation (2-3) 40 Minute Periods
If you have more students then countries: Appoint Foreign ministers to each.
Online Platform: 1 year subscription included with lesson plan. 
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Online Platform Trouble Shooting:


1. Always Clear the Cache/History before each session/class period. This will dramatically reduce the chances of glitches.


2. If you are having issues: Log out of the website, clear the Cache/History, and log back in. 


3. If the program duplicates forces by accident- just drag them off to a corner of the map.  


4. If you make a mistake-use the Add Forces Button to correct it.

Imperialism Simulation Lesson Plan
Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan

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Online Platforms:

1. How many simulations, or classes, can I make with my subscription?

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2. Can students use their computers, laptops, ipads to access the maps?

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General Questions

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