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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.

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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. http://www.playdiplomacy.com/
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'. http://www.wunderland.com/LooneyLabs/Chrononauts/  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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplomacy_(game).  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... http://www.icivics.org/
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... http://congress.indiana.edu/interactive-learning-modules
Comment by Molly Smith on July 1, 2011 at 11:11am
I forgot to add the URL for ActiveHistory - www.activehistory.co.uk. Also, there is a free game for WWI that works like "Life in the Trenches"  called "Would you have made a good officer?" - http://bit.ly/kqx6KW.
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.http://www.peacemakergame.com/

 

Also, a few years ago, MTV University hosted an African-based game, Darfur is Dying, http://www.darfurisdying.com/, 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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