Games in Social Studies


Games in Social Studies

Games and simulations used in all realms of social studies classes.

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Civilization Game: How good do you have to be? 2 Replies

I'm wondering about using Sid Meier's Civilization - or maybe Freeciv - with my 6th grade World History students, but I am concerned about my own skill level at the game.  I get the big picture and I…Continue

Started by Carrie Shanahan. Last reply by Brian Markwald Aug 14, 2012.

Preview, Follow-up and Debrief

I love using games, and I see how they connect to the curriculum but I am not always great at helping kids see the connections and take their learning beyond the specific activity. How do others…Continue

Started by Molly Smith Jul 1, 2011.

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Comment by Nate Everett on July 2, 2011 at 7:48am
This is the site for the online Diplomacy game.
Comment by Nate Everett on July 2, 2011 at 7:41am
Has anyone played the game, Chrononauts from Looney Tunes? It's a card game of time travel in American history. Basically it is a timeline of events that lead to alternative outcomes when players affect the board. History then either gets changed or replaced due to other follow through plays.  Each player has a mission that they are trying to achieve in setting time 'right'.  There's also an Early Chrononauts version that goes with it. I believe it goes from the colonial period to 1999.  Maybe its been updated. I haven't played it in years and lost my deck. :(
Comment by Nate Everett on July 2, 2011 at 7:38am
I have had students swear by the coolness of the game, Diplomacy, but I have not played it myself. They were playing an online version that I will try to dig up the site for. Here's the wiki page on it:  It is a game on international relations.
Comment by Dustin Williams on July 1, 2011 at 3:52pm
Another great site for government and civics games is i-Civics...
Comment by Dustin Williams on July 1, 2011 at 3:16pm
I have found that my students enjoyed some of the Interactive Learning Modules found at the Center on Congress at the University of Indiana...
Comment by Molly Smith on July 1, 2011 at 11:11am
I forgot to add the URL for ActiveHistory - Also, there is a free game for WWI that works like "Life in the Trenches"  called "Would you have made a good officer?" -
Comment by Molly Smith on July 1, 2011 at 11:00am
There are some great games on ActiveHistory. One of my favorites is "Life in the Trenches." It requires a subscription, but some of the games are free.
Comment by Jeff Kohls on June 30, 2011 at 11:31pm

Situation in the Middle East - Israel and Palestine conflict.  Free version with limitations, or full paid version.


Also, a few years ago, MTV University hosted an African-based game, Darfur is Dying,, about the terrible situation in Sudan.  This game is "simple," but has the potential to lead to a very powerful discussion

Comment by Nate Everett on June 30, 2011 at 12:00pm
Civilization by Sid Meier is one of my favorites to introduce students to world history and specific historic references. I also have used A Force More Powerful in the class on non-violent direct action in history.  It provides scenarios with real life problem solving but is very intensive in preparation and function.  Took a while. More time than I had actually.  The same company has a new game I have yet to get called People Power.  All are simulations and exciting to gaming geeks like me. :)  Thoughts? Feedback?
Comment by Kay Conners on June 28, 2011 at 9:15pm
I love this idea although I don't have much to offer this group. I use the standard "games" found online. Mostly Nat Geo. Interested in what you all come up with. :)

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