Interactive and engaging History lesson plans

Africa Map

     After each round, students record and analyze their choices and the effect that their decisions had on the economic factors of production, resources and markets.  By the end of the simulation students understand how and why Imperialism happened as well as how production, resources and markets are inter-related.

Imperialism Spreadsheet

asia Map

Africa Imperialism Map

     As the teacher enters new information into the spreadsheet, each individual country's graph updates.  Students learn from their own decisions as well as other countries decisions 

Asia Imperialism Map

(28)     Market Size

Imperialism Simulation lesson plan

Report Observation

Imperilaism Observation Report

Imperialism Rules


Imperialism Flow Chart



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     The only way to increase Industrial production is to increase efficiency through the development of technology.  Research and Development allows students to take chances by buying rolls. When production increases, countries need more resources and markets and look to underdeveloped regions of Africa and Asia.

Instead of lecturing to students about European Imperialism in Africa and Asia, engage students with this interactive activity.   (Approximate Class Time: 140 Minutes)

Classroom Videos               FAQ               Testimonials

key objectives

1. Understand the inter-relationship between: industrial production, natural resources and markets.
(Why Imperialism Happened)

Understand the general geography of Africa and Asia.

     The activity begins with 8 groups representing European Countries.  At the start, each country has natural resources and industrial production that are equal in size.  Groups have the option of spending their national income on:

  1. Research and Development to increase their industrial production.
  2. Military: for military conquest in Africa and Asia.
  3. Saving income for a later turn.

     As students make their decisions, they are watching and learning from each other.  When students invest in technology, their industrial production increases. Income will only grow if countries have markets to sell to and natural resources to supply industrial production. 

These activities are made up of Microsoft Word and Excel documents and are completely customizable. 


Rolling the dice for Research and Development to increase Industrial Production.

National Defense

Natural Resources


Online Platform In Development

Imperialism Graphs

Spreadsheet Graphs

Teacher Orientation

Conquering Countries

Analyzing Results

     Students will choose a country in Asia or Africa to conquer and spend military credits totaling whatever the National Defense number is of that country.  The teacher will then turn that country to the color of the European country that conquered it and add the Natural Resources and Market numbers to the spreadsheet.

Imperialism Spreadsheet


     Although the spreadsheet comes in excel, Mr. Harms does have a Google Sheets Version that he will share with customers upon request.  This is an ideal tool for computer lab use or one to one situations.  Teachers are able to share a view only copy with students.